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October 9, 2012

Place: Southern Idaho   Season: Summer

The kids were responsible for refilling their water bottles at the rest area drinking fountain. Five miles down the road, a voice piped up from the back seat:

“Grandma, I’m thirsty. Do you have any water up there?” The request wasn’t critical, but the lesson was. I shared half a cup of water from my full bottle and explained that that was all there was until the next rest area, an hour and a half away. Not surprisingly, at the next stop, two boys jumped from the car, water bottles in hand, and took off for the nearest source of drinking water.

Water consumption is essential to our every day health. Water storage and water purification plans will be essential to our emotional and, in some cases, physical survival in times of emergency. That emergency can be a power outage that stops the flow at the tap or local contamination that makes safe water unavailable until treated.

Take time NOW to check your emergency water supply (1 gallon per day per person, 10-14 days recommended). And then READ UP on how to store and purify water.  A second water purification link  is aimed at backpackers, but the information is applicable to any setting.

The thought of a truly thirsty family member is enough to spur me to action.

Experience Self Reliance  Nancy

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