SurvivalistFilter: Emergency supplies, and long term fuel/water storage
October 9, 2007 6:03 AM Subscribe
So I'm preparing a paranoid "keep 24 people warm and happy for two weeks" kit in case of emergency. The kicker is that I'm lazy - so I want the kit to be usable anytime within the next 10 years. (None of that "rotating supplies in and out" for me, nosiree.) But I'm stuck on a few problems.
posted by jytsai to home & garden (30 answers total) 31 users marked this as a favorite
- What's the best way to preserve water? - I've obtained multiple used food grade 55 gallon barrels for this task. Most of the websites seem to address the problem of "how do I clean that water so I can drink it in a few hours", rather than "how do I keep water for 10 years"? I'm assuming that some of these chemical methods to clean water will also serve to keep water clean. But which? Also, if I use a chemical method, is there a way to remove it (i.e. with activated charcoal filter)?
- What's the best fuel for heating/cooking/lighting in an emergency? - The 10 year lifespan requirement eliminated a lot of options, but there still seem to be too many options left: Wood? Lump charcoal? Charcoal briquettes? Coal? Kerosine? Or a mixture of each for different purposes? And how much would I need?
- Are there any hints that you have available for planning/buying/storing so many supplies? Places to buy emergency supplies on the cheap?
Who knew trying to be lazy would be so much work?!