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Water is on my mind this week. Not only have I received quite a few emails about water storage, but I have also been swapping out water filters in my Berkey, and doing my darndest to convince my non-prepper neighbors to store water for emergency use.
Given the importance of having good, clean water following a disruptive event, today I am bringing back the Prepper’s Water Survival Guide and an encore interview with my friend, Daisy Luther.
You already know that I consider Daisy’s book to be one of the best available on the subject of water (she is one lady who really does her research!), so I am also pleased to have three copies available in a giveaway.
An All-New Interview with Daisy Luther, Author of The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide
Since it has been awhile since you answered this question, please tell us again what you are personally preparing for.
Hi, Gaye! Thank you so much for welcoming me back to another festival!
For us, preparedness is about being ready to play the game of Life. When we wake up in the morning, we never truly know what the day ahead will bring. Will we have a large, unexpected expense? Will a forest fire or other sudden disaster draw near our home? Will we have reason to need to protect our families due to civil unrest or crime?
I want to be prepared for all of it, and I do so by being as self-reliant as possible and by practicing good security measures. We could go for quite some time without needing to go to a store, which means we could go into lock-down very easily.
In your opinion, what is the likelihood that the event you are preparing for will really happen?
I live in a drought-stricken area that is prone to wildfires. Thus far, we have been okay, but there have been a couple of times that we were on the verge of evacuation. That is the most likely scenario for us.
As for the other worries, based on where I live, they’re somewhat less likely, but I want to be ready for them anyway.
Here is a related question. Of all the events that are likely to occur, which situation do you feel you are least prepared?
I’m least prepared for an event that forces us out of our home and might turn us into refugees. We don’t have a secondary bug-out location if stuff really went down. Sure, we have a place we could go for a few nights if we needed to, but we don’t have a long-term retreat.
My hope is to shelter-in-place for a long-term emergency.
What is your own personal #1 prep?
It sounds clichéd, but it has to be knowledge.
Over the years, I have read voraciously, practiced many different skills, and really immersed myself in the self-reliant lifestyle. I went from being a city girl prepper who had never lit a fire to being able to live off-grid in the cold winter climate of Canada, heating only with wood. I’ve learned some farming basics and have raised fruit, vegetables, and meat for our family. While I don’t live like this all the time – we still go to the store for some things and I have central heat at my current home – I know that I possess these abilities.
The only way to know this is to actually do it!
If you were just getting started, what would you do differently?
You know, even the preparedness mistakes have been a learning experience. I’ve made ill-advised purchases, taken leaps without being ready for them, and allowed my health to take a backseat to other endeavors. But through all of it, I’ve learned to overcome the obstacles, and that is every bit as important – maybe even more so – than doing everything “right” in a textbook kind of way.
Do you have some advice or a personal message you would like to pass on to Backdoor Survival readers?
Yes! You are on the right track here with Gaye. There are so many unfriendly places on the web that make you feel like you are going to die unless you head off to the boondocks and live off-grid. While that is a great adventure for some people, it simply isn’t feasible for most of us. We have mortgages, family obligations, jobs, and other responsibilities. We can’t let prepping take over our entire lives.
But that doesn’t mean we’re doomed. We can take many steps and incorporate our preparedness goals into our lifestyles, no matter where we live or what our limitations might be. Find advice from people who understand this. Then, keep prepping and don’t let anyone discourage you!
In my usual style, I have three copies of The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide in this newest Book Festival Giveaway. This week, there is no giveaway question. If you do want to leave a comment, however, feel free to do so, especially if you have a water storage trick to share.
The winners of this giveaway will be notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article. Please note that the winners must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.
Note: Due to customs requirements, this giveaway is only open to individuals with a mailing address in the United States.
The Final Word
In the years since I began to prep, the one thing has remained constant is the need to store clean, drinkable water. Secondary to that is the need to have water for hygiene and cleaning purposes. In Washington State, this was easy. In Arizona? Not so much but I am learning.
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For more information about the books in this latest book festival, visit Prepper Book Festival #13: Books to Help You Prepare.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Spotlight: The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide
You can survive up to three weeks without food, but only three days without water! When catastrophe strikes, having enough water can spell the difference between life and death. The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide offers a step-by-step plan with straightforward information you can easily follow. Thanks to this book’s laser-focus on water, you’ll quickly learn how to:
•Store fresh water
•Purify water from lakes & rivers
•Dig a well for groundwater
In addition to harvesting water, you’ll gain the tools to keep large stores untainted for long periods of time, test the water you collect for dangerous toxins, and treat water-related illnesses that are commonly contracted during a disaster.
A frequent question I get on Backdoor Survival has to do with healthcare matters when there is no doctor around. This is the definite source of survival medical information for all Prepper’s and is my go-to bible for survival medicine.