How to Find the Emergency Water Sources Hiding in Your Own Home

Emergency Water Sources Hiding In Your Own Home
Emergency Drinking Water Sources Are Hiding In Your Own Home

Let’s talk about the sources of emergency water that are hiding in your own home. This will be broken down into two sections.

When You Know You Will Be Running Out of Water

When you know that you will be losing water soon, for whatever reason, you need to act fast. It may be rather obvious, but you need to immediately fill your bathtub, your sinks, your pots and pans, any and all containers in your home that will hold water.

If you are on city water, then you should shut off your water main. This will prevent contaminated water from coming back into your house and contaminating the water in your water heater. If you don’t know where the water main is for your home, you can just go to the water heater and shut off the cold and hot water valves to/from your water heater. The building code in the U.S. requires a valve on the cold water supply to the water heater. However, your water heater may have shutoff valves on both the cold and hot water lines to/from the water heater. Shut one or both off.

When You Find Out You Have No Water

If you find out your water supply has been shut off, there are emergency sources of water hiding in your home.

The bathtub is an obvious source of water, but it will only be filled when you are getting ready to take a bath. Bathtubs hold around 50 gallons of water, and that’s substantial. Let’s look at other sources.

The water heater is a great source of emergency drinking water. All water heaters have a drain valve at the bottom. If the main water goes off, you can turn the pilot off on the water heater, and that will prevent the water from heating. Then open the valve on the bottom of the tank and drain water as you need it. 40 gallons is a common size of water heater, so most homes will have this amount of water available to them. Where else can we look?

The toilet is another source of emergency water. But not the toilet bowl. I’m talking about the tank. You can take a cup and scoop the water out. I would boil the toilet tank water just to be safe. Remember, if you have one of those toilet bowl cleaner dispensers in your tank, then you are out of luck on this one.

If you live in a multilevel house, with or without a basement, you can go to the lowest level in the house and drain the water system from that point. If the water won’t drain. Just go to the highest point in the house and open a faucet. Just remember to shut the faucet when you are done. You don’t want your house to get flooded from the top down when the water supply comes back on.

Some of your food storage items already have water in them. I’m not talking about Mountain House Freeze Dried Food, or dehydrated food items, or buckets of staples. I’m talking about how some store-bought canned goods such as tuna, vegetables, and the like are packed in water.

What about the water in the aquarium? I don’t think so.

If it happens to be raining when the water goes off, you can always collect rainwater and use that.

Next time the water is shut off to your home, use these tips as a starting point, and go from there.

Happy drinking!



“Recognizing the Eight Signs of Terrorism,” A New Video

8 Signs of Terrorism
8 Signs of Terrorism – A New Video by “The Cell”

A new video has been released on The Cell website, which is The Center for Empowered Living and Learning. The video was unveiled by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Colorado Governor Bill Ritter.

Narrated by John Elway, the video lists the eight signs of terrorism and briefly explains each one. Here are the signs:

  1. Surveillance
  2. Elicitation
  3. Tests of Security
  4. Funding
  5. Acquiring Supplies
  6. Impersonation
  7. Rehearsal
  8. Deployment

The video is well produced and the website is professionally designed. I don’t know if it will actually help. I think that by showing people how to recognize the eight signs of terrorism, it might be training people to spy on their fellow citizens. However, that may be a cynical attitude.

You may find the video of value and certainly should view it. I don’t want to discourage you from doing so.

Here is the address:

8 Signs of Terrorism



Sorry, This Is Not Food Storage

This Is Not Food Storage
Buckets of Staples Alone Are Not A Complete Food Storage System

Look at the photo. That is not food storage. At least, it is not complete food storage.

Generally, buckets contain bulk food items such as wheat, beans, rice, flour, sugar, salt, etc. If this is what your food storage consists of, you are in trouble. You must store more than just basic staples. In general, you must store what your family eats.

My food storage philosophy has always been to have a well-rounded food storage. Store basic staples in buckets, store freeze dried foods in #10 cans, such as Mountain House food, store dehydrated food in #10 cans and buckets, and store store-bought canned and home-canned goods.

Now, if you are someone who doesn’t like to mess with the basics, then you can get a freeze dried food system from Mountain House foods. All you need to add is hot water and let it stand for up to 10 minutes. It’s the ultimate in convenience.

However in most cases, it is nice to have a well-rounded food storage program. The choice is up to you. Find what your family enjoys and then store that.



Montana Attorney General is Probing the American Police Force

American Police Force, Hardin Montana

USA Today is reporting that the Montana Attorney General’s office is going to conduct a probe of the secretive American Police Force that is set to run the prison in Hardin, Montana.

This news has been all over the web this week, but basically the story is this. The American Police Force rode into Hardin, Montana last week in three black Mercedes SUVs with logos on the doors that said Hardin Police. They had signed a lease with the Two Rivers Authority to operate the prison in Hardin that has been vacant for the past two years. They also want to be Hardin’s police force.

The head of APF, Michael Hilton, has been found to have at least seventeen aliases, and is a convicted felon, having served at least two years in a California prison. He says he is from Montenegro and has the Serbian royal crest emblazoned on the doors of APF vehicles.

Hilton won’t admit who APF’s parent company is, but it appears they have ties to Blackwater. Hilton has admitted that they are going to build a foreign mercenary training center adjacent to the prison. In fact, many news reports show that there are foreign mercenary troops all over that facility. What is going on? We now have foreign mercenary troops training in the U.S. This doesn’t sound good to me.

I would say that foreign mercs on American soil is cause for alarm and is a great reason to get your house in order. Store food and water. Whether it’s Mountain House Food, dehydrated food, bulk food items, or even canned goods. Store these things for you family while you still have time.

To read the story in USA Today, just go here:

Montana attorney general probes secretive American Police Force



How To Keep Your Family from Starving in the Next Disaster

  “…This incredibly large group of people desperately needed food, water and transportation out of New Orleans…

…the immediate federal response for relief was so incredibly inept…

…many of us wondered if the lack of support was deliberate…


Michael – a Hurricane Katrina survivor

Imagine Being in Michael’s Shoes…

FEMA didn’t help him and chances are they won’t help you in the next major event. The truth is, you’ll probably be on your own.

You can protect your family from going hungry in the next disaster by storing food and water. Freeze dried meals by Mountain House Foods are No. 1 in taste, quality, and shelf life. Try Mountain House Food and you’ll taste the difference.

Store Mountain House Freeze Dried Food and you’ll protect your family from the unexpected.