While watching Doomsday Preppers last week, I observed one major difference in the various plans, and that was if the plan included access to land and water.
Its another thing to have access to several acres of land, able to have chickens, a nice sized garden for a variety of fresh veggies, various types of fruit trees, access to fresh running water and access to land to hunt on. Maybe even have access to water to fish in.
Two of the main differences I see between the various long term SHTF survival plans, is access to fresh food and access to fresh water. People may argue there are lots of other differences, but for this article I wanted to talk about two main topics – water and fresh food.
Everything needs water in some form or fashion. Humans can live several weeks without food, but only a couple of days without water. We should all know how important water is, so there is no need into going into all the little details. Because water is so important, we are going to discuss water before food.
I see a lot of urban preppers doing two things – trying to stockpile water and/or developing rainwater collection systems. There is nothing wrong with either system. If you want to stockpile water, that is fine; if you want to build a rainwater collection system, that is great. The problem is both systems have a chance of running out sooner or later.
Its impossible to stockpile enough water. You and your family will “have” to have a way to replenish your water supplies.
During times of drought, rainwater may not be reliable. During the 2011 drought across the southern part of the US, some areas got less then 12 inches of rain for the whole year of 2011. If your plans were to reply on rainwater, you were out of luck for a whole year. During the first three months of 2012, those same areas received more rain then the whole year of 2011.