By Malaya Careta – Off The Grid News
Every American should take some simple steps to ensure survival in the event that a disaster strikes. You don’t need a half-million dollar underground bunker or a self-sufficient cabin deep in the mountains to prepare for a disaster.
Here are 10 simple steps every American should take to prepare for an earthquake, tornado, hurricane, wildfire, tsunami or other disaster (such as a grid-down crisis) that could disrupt society for a period of days, weeks or months. During these times, electricity, water, sewer and garbage services may not be available.
An American family of four uses an average of 400 gallons of water per day. Much of that water is for toilets and showers. Even without those short-term amenities, each person needs about four gallons for personal use and the family needs another 10-15 gallons for cooking and cleaning. For a 30-day supply, this equals 930 gallons. Adding a little extra for manual toilet flushing gives a total of 1,000 gallons.
The best way to store this much water is to invest in an above-ground storage tank that can hold 1,000 gallons. If you live near a pond or river, you could supplement your water storage by investing in emergency water filters.
2. Food Storage
Families should store enough food for three months. For budget-conscious families, this doesn’t mean spending a lot of money up front. Instead, you can build up a supply of canned goods, nitrogen-packed grains like corn or rice, and freeze-dried food over a period of months.
3. Back-Up Power
A little power is a lot better than no power, especially if you live in an area where you get water from a well using a pump. Shop around for a used generator, and then hire an electrician to hook it into your home’s power supply. If the power goes down, you can then manually turn on the generator.
The generator doesn’t have to be too powerful, just enough for the basics like lights and running one household appliance. In fact, a solar generator easily could take care of much of your needs – and it doesn’t need any gas.