Getting prepared for the worst is a way of life, even if it looks out of place.
This summer, a friend was standing in my garage and saw all of these blue 55-gallon water barrels and said “Looks like a scene out of Breaking Bad.”
That’s the price of being prepared.
Here’s what I did, I hope you are with me.
Storing Water for the Winter
You don’t have to be crazy to store water. Over the weekend I completed my winter water storage. Below is a great video on how you can do it with 55-gallon barrels. I too bought mine at Walmart.com because it was the lowest price and they delivered the barrels to my doorstep. They arrived in boxes which was a plus because that kept what I was doing less conspicuous. The boxes also provide good cover so the entire neighborhood doesn’t know what’s in your garage every time you open the door. Avoid storing directly on concrete which can seep into stored water at high temps. I positioned the barrels on 2×6’s (non-pressurized to avoid chemicals). This may be overkill, but peace of mind is a big part of the equation when prepping.
Everything else is about the same in the video in terms of what I’ve done. However living in the Northeast I took an extra couple of steps to be prepared for freezing temps/water. I filled the barrels to about 80% from the top and also wrapped them in emergency mylar blankets (what you see wrapped around runners at the finish line of marathons and triathlons). We’ll see if they work. I’ll let you know in the Spring. Remember putting you and your family in a position of strength is never a crazy idea.
How to store backup water in your garage in 55 gallon barrels
Action Line: Try and do one thing this week to improve your water storage situation and that of a loved one. There’s no downside in having more knowledge. If you need an extra push each month to keep yourself on track, click here to sign up for my monthly Survive & Thrive newsletter. But only if you’re serious about protecting your family.
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