Drinking water in times of crisis
Australians in NYC are reportedly bemused by the Yanks stocking up on food, water and batteries in preparation for Hurricane Sandy.
I know someone who has pallets of tuna with beans in his house here in Oz. They have plans for barricading and protecting their house in the event of civil unrest and they have a drugstore of odd tablets.
But they have less than 10 litres of distilled water. Distilled water is not recommended for drinking for very long. Apparently it can strip the body of minerals. So with all the investment and plans for an emergency that they KNOW is going to happen, they have no contingency for water, even though they also KNOW that they will be housebound and it will be too dangerous to leave the house. They are not even saving up plastic bottles and jars for filling with tap water when the crisis becomes imminent, but the taps are still flowing.
For me, water is the most obvious need. Even the doomsday preppers in the US don't seem to worry about it. They stockpile food, alcohol, seeds, firearms, blankets, etc, but water just doesn't seem to be considered. If you have invested in a years worth of food, I would think that contingency plans for obtaining and decontaminating water would go hand in hand, even if it was just 100 litres of non scented bleach.
I'm just wondering if any OzBers have plans for water shortages that they would care to share.