Storing Water For an Emergency Course: Lesson 1 – The Big Picture

This is lesson 1 of our Storing Water for an Emergency Course. See the table of contents here. Or click here to go to lesson 2.

Welcome to Lesson 1 in the our Storing Water for an Emergency course. One of questions we hear most often is, “How much water should I store?”  Over all the lessons in this course we’ll show you how to answer that question with a realistic formula. You’ll also learn…

  1.  The two types of water you should store
  2. What containers are safe for storing water
  3. How to create a simply inventory system and why a water inventory is vital
  4. And how to make your own bottled water.

All of that’s coming in future lessons. Today, we’re going to start by discussing the big picture.

Please turn of distractions and focus on this important information. The transcript is below for your convenience.


Hello, this is Glenn Meder. I want to welcome you to the Storing Water for an Emergency course. The first video is the big picture. I want to start by talking about…

  1. The main obstacles to somebody’s safety in an emergency as it pertains to water.
  2. Number two, I want to show you why an emergency situation is NOT like camping. This is a common misconception so I just want to clear this up.
  3. Number three, I want to talk about how you will become a leader in emergency situation, like it or not. This is because you’ve got the knowledge that other people don’t have.
  4. Number four, I want to talk about how these points relate to water storage and this course.

So I want to start off with the question, “What is the main reason that drinking water safety will cause tremendous problems for most people in an emergency?” And we can talk about the fact that water is necessary for life. It is absolutely necessary. It is the most important thing that you put in your body. You’ve heard the phrase, “You can only live for three days with water,” and that’s true if you take away all forms of water such as coffee, and tea, and pop, and that type of thing.

The next point is that infrastructure can fail and this is a very dangerous thing. Water may not flow. Bacteria from sewage may get into tap water, so fecal bacteria. There could be chemical spills that release chemicals into the water supply. There could be nuclear accidents that release nuclear waste into the water supply. But this one comes down to the main reason that drinking water safety will cause tremendous problems for most people is IGNORANCE; Ignorance about water.

I’ve been in the industry for over 25 years and the thing that has shocked me more than anything is just how little people know about water. We all take safe drinking water for granted. We take our wonderful infrastructure for granted. We never think about it. Most people don’t know where their water comes from, how it’s treated, how it gets to their homes. Most people don’t understand water contamination, or how it can affect their health, or how really dangerous can be. And I’ll also add in the fact that even people who should know better often don’t. So what this means is that most people are not prepared. Most people have never thought about being prepared, nor will they know what to do when it comes to water an emergency situation.

And the fact is, if you aren’t prepared your family will be completely dependent on government response. And we’ve seen examples—Hurricane Katrina is an example—of the government just being completely taken by surprise and not being able to address people’s problems in a fast way. And the question comes down to, “Will the government always be of help in all situations?” And one of the major threats to our water supply and our safety is a massive blackout, a massive long-term blackout from cyber hacking or it could even be from an EMP. But a massive blackout would cover a very large area for a long period of time. The government response is just not set up to handle that. Government responses are set up to handle small areas, where other areas surrounding it can come to the rescue. But if it’s a very large area, it just doesn’t have the mechanisms in place to respond to large areas and large quantities of people, especially for long periods of time. So the main point is, be prepared yourself and especially be prepared with knowledge.

Point number two is an emergency is not like camping and they require completely different thought processes and sometimes different solutions. So let’s look at what are the differences between camping and an emergency situation:

  • First of all, in an emergency you have destroyed infrastructure. You a higher chance of biological contamination
  • A higher chance of chemical contamination
  • You can have a lack of medical or emergency services and a lack of law and order
  • You can have limited options
  • You can have massive ripple effects on supply chains. So, for example, your grocery store only keeps a day or two of inventory stock., and it relies on constant deliveries from trucks. But if those trucks aren’t able to get in, and if you’re not able to get out, that’s a big problem.
  • You can also have fear and panic.
  • And you also have a greater potential for terrorist attacks, because they like to kick you when you’re down.

But out of this whole list, what does it really come down to? And it comes down to limited options. Limited options equal greater danger. So, for example, if something happens, an earthquake happens or you have massive flooding, you can’t drive away. Emergency vehicles can get to you. Trucks can’t deliver bottled water. You could have limited access to medical support, and your access to multiple sources of safe drinking water is limited. So if your source of water fails you won’t necessarily have other sources of water available to you so you’ve got to rely on how you’ve prepared.

So it comes to the lack of options is one of the main differences between camping and emergencies. Filters may be good enough for camping, but not for emergencies, for example. I want to remind you about the dangers of a stomach bug. A stomach bug in day-to-day life is not that serious typically. So what do we do? We drink plenty of water and we get plenty of sleep, and usually within 24 to 48 hours after getting a stomach bug we’re feeling much better. But if it’s the water that made you sick in the first place, and if you can’t drink more fluids to replace the fluids that you’re losing, that is very, very dangerous situation. And that’s the situation we must avoid at all costs. This can be dangerous for even the healthiest people, but it’s especially dangerous for children and babies.

So point number three is by being prepared you will then be able to help others, but you have to be prepared yourself first. I look at it like being on an airplane. They tell you that if the plane depressurizes, the oxygen masks will fall down but you’ve got to put your own masks on first and make sure that you’re safe and that you’re going to stay conscious so that you can then help other people. And that’s the same situation with water. You’ve got to be safe yourself. You’ve got to be healthy yourself in order to protect other people.

And that’s why I look at being prepared as a selfless act. By being prepared you will be in a position to help others. Now it is always better to help others before an emergency if possible, but you’re going to do whatever you can to help people, even after an emergency if you are properly prepared. And like I said, if you’re not prepared, it’s very difficult to help others. You become dependent upon others.

So this brings us to bottled water. Bottled water and stored water is a crucial part of being prepared. It allows you to drink safe drinking water while you help and teach others. It’s also the easiest way for people to get started, and it’s the easiest way for you to convince others to become prepared. It’s a very simple way. Just go buy bottled water from the store. But it’s also important that you know how to make your own bottled water the right way, and that’s what we’re going to get into with this course.

So in summary, I just want to review what we discussed:

  • We discussed that the main obstacle to people’s safety is ignorance.
  • We compared an emergency situation to camping.
  • We discussed how you will become a leader, like it or not, in an emergency situation.
  • And we discussed how these points relate to water storage.

I’ll see you on the next video. Thank you very much.

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