By Kellene Bishop
What could be so important that I just HAD to write about your water storage efforts again? Is our water supply seriously threatened? Is there a water crisis coming to a city near you? Is the U.S. about to experience a disaster that will affect your access to water?
Once again I find myself struggling to write a particular article—not because of the complexity of the topic, but because I don’t want to cause any alarm, just some proactive behavior. It’s my hope that once you’re finished reading this little diddy, you’ll understand why I stepped way outside of my typical modus operandi and decided to share this information—and the lack thereof—with you today about water.
Is this a Water Warning?
Typically when I write about something, especially when it resembles a warning, I’ve done interviews, read dozens of articles, and reached out to experts for clarification when necessary in order to solidify my information. The last thing in the world I ever want to do is be the source of one of those ridiculous stories that gets people all in a dither and panicking, only to find that the origins of such information were ludicrous. But today’s article has proven to be significantly more challenging that any I’ve written before because I have not been able to get a single official to go on the record. And worse, I’ve not even been able to get any of my fellow self-reliant-minded peers to go on the record as well. Normally, when that happens, I refuse to publish the story, but this time I made an exception. I’ll share with you why I’ve made the exception and what it is that has me a bit concerned right now, but understand that I do so accompanied by the earnest request that you read this article with a grain of salt. Let your Spiritual Preparedness be your compass on this matter; do a gut check, if you will, and then pay attention to what your intuition is telling you. If you are prompted to act on this information, then I encourage you to do so promptly, but without haste or mayhem. Remember, peaceful preparedness has its place even in the midst of a known crisis, let alone an unconfirmed one.
As you know, I’m a big believer in the 10 Principles of Preparedness; more specifically, I’m a big believer in the prioritization of the 10 Principles. I believe that if you don’t focus on self-reliance in a balanced manner you’ll find yourself facing gaping holes in your daily needs and essentials when faced with a serious crisis. When it comes being prepared with sufficient supplies of water and the resources needed to make the water safe to use and consume, water comes in as the 7th Principle of Preparedness. However, keep in mind that WATER also comes into play with our Physical (3rd), Medical (4th) , Clothing (5th), Food (8th), and even the Financial (9th) Principle of Preparedness. There are only 3 Principles of Preparedness out of 10 that don’t rely on water in any way. Thus I’d say that if there was a threat to our safe water supplies in this nation, we’d feel the pain of such an inconvenience to say the least; and it’s also very likely that millions of us could be knocked on our keister.
My Water Dilemma
So here’s my dilemma. I’ve been seeing a lot of news articles coming from around the world (via my set Google Alerts) reporting problems of water supplies. So perhaps that’s why I’ve had “water on the brain,” so to speak. But two weeks ago I was struck with something that a friend of mine said who’s retired from military service. He specifically would NOT tell me anything more than “be sure you have plenty of water and soon.” He adamantly refused to tell me any reason why he would say such a thing and in fact he seemed to regret having told me anything in the first place. O.K. one instance combined with my recent obsession with water does not a crisis make. But…
Less than 2 days later I was contacted by a reader telling me something very similar. This reader was also very abbreviated in the words used, but I could tell that they were being very earnest in their belief that we might face a crisis of water access in the near future. O.K. Well, you know how easily rumors get started anywhere, but even more so in the preparedness community. So I just tucked away what I had heard and decided to do some actual fact finding. I mean really, I’m just some nobody in Orem, UT and yet this same bit of news made it’s way to me twice in 3 days. Surely it’s not because of who I am but rather it had to be a manifestation of how much information there was available out there with everyone fooling themselves into thinking that they were the world’s best keeper of secrets.
I e-mailed, I called, and visited and I surfed the internet so much I started to smell like the ocean. I can only explain my results with one word—dumbfounded. I was completely dumfounded that I could not get any more information than what I had. I’ve been doing this for a long time and I can tell you that I’ve NEVER been met with such resistance to providing me with information.
One person exclaimed that just by entertaining the conversation with me they could end up in Federal prison! Seriously?? That’s a bit melodramatic even for me. Usually the so-called secrets better resemble that line in front of the stop sign that suggests that you stop your car. We all know that none of us actually stops the car right there. We creep further out so we can see better, right? Well, up until this subject, I’ve been able to creep quite a ways out, but I was greeted with some kind of super alloy. I couldn’t breech it no matter what I did. But then something significant struck me.
On about the 5th day of researching and getting nowhere, it occurred to me that NO ONE mentioned anything else other than a concern for water supplies. Suddenly, what they were saying wasn’t as important as what they were NOT saying.
Not one word was uttered about gold, food, cash, or gasoline—in spite of the threat of seeing it at $5 a gallon all over the U.S. any time now. Everyone was unanimous that the problem would be with W-A-T-E-R and I was constantly told “let me put it this way, just make sure you have plenty of it on hand.” Doesn’t that strike you as odd that it would consistently be about water? (One muted informant did throw me a bone and stress that the water should be covered and preferably inside a shelter.)
I’m sure you’ve heard the terms “confidential” or “top secret” or “need to know.” But what you may not be familiar with is what is called “the black hole” of intelligence, meaning that information goes in, but it is never disseminated in it’s entirety to the outside. I couldn’t help but feel like that’s what kind of information I had stumbled upon. Federal agents, intelligence, military, university professors, meteorologists, Federal government and local government officials simply would not give me anything else to go on; and yet all but ONE of them concurred that a concern about water is founded—there is indeed something there—but they would then abruptly end the conversation with a sincere plea that it should not be discussed any further. So, what’s a prepper to do?
Like the saying goes, “prepare for the worst and pray for the best.” I can tell you what I’m going to do in light of this NONinformation. I’m going to store MORE water and I suggest that you do the same too without delay. What’s the worst that can happen? You’ll need the water, but have it? Or “nothing happens and you’ve got a lot of water stored.” Oh darn. How dreadful a predicament to have to endure. I’m not selling water folks. There’s absolutely NO possible agenda here in trying to encourage you to get on board with your water needs–now. So don’t just sit there and wonder what might happen. You can throw your life to chance or you can navigate it based on choice.
Having a minimum of one gallon, per person (regardless of their age), per day. I would suggest that you have at least 90 days. This is not a sacrifice folks in view of the possible alternatives; and even for those of you who would grumble at me for suggesting you take such measures now, you have to admit that it could be a lot worse, right? So, if this article sets off any of your internal alarms, or it rings true to you on any level, then please put those alarms at ease by storing sufficient water for your family as well as tools with which to ensure that your water is usable and consumable. (I’m pleased with the AquaMira products thus far and wouldn’t hesitate to bet my life on them). You’ll also want to be sure that you have a way to collect and filter rain water. (And yes, I know that there are so-called laws which claim that it’s illegal to collect rainwater. I’m not an attorney, nor do I play one on TV, but I can assure you that I personally would not give any credence to such “laws” in the midst of an emergency.)
Understand that a serious interruption in water supplies will inevitably bring about a series of domino effects. Remember, history shows us that wars which lasted for years originated over water rights. Countless food products rely on water in their recipes and in their ability to manufacture them along with countless other consumer products we use everyday. Look at what the Texas drought has done to the beef market this year and that’s just in one area. Improper sanitation practices brought on by a lack of water could have catastrophic effects on the health of everyone within a 50 mile radius. And so on and so forth.
Well, that’s all I’ve got for you on this, Folks. But please, unlike the silly narrators at the end of each “Doomsday Preppers” segment, please don’t underestimate the value of water in your life and don’t ignore any intuition or prompting you may have to beef up your water supplies and necessary tools.
So, now for the magic question… Will you get more prepared in the Water Preparedness Principle? Please? Oh yeah, and pass it on.
Possible Causes of an Interruption of National Water Supplies:
1- Drought—particularly in the desert areas of the U.S. or even in the heartland areas of the U.S.
2- Earthquake of 6.8-8.2 along the New Madrid fault line.—this would cause a cascading collapsed of the domes below ground which hold water supplies OR which could cause large cavernous areas below sea level that would be a new repository for water (seeking its lowest levels)
3- Oil and gas pressure building up (in large part due to fracking) causing such to contaminate key water supplies.
4- A coronal mass ejection which could render the temperature of the earth in excess of 120 and 145 degrees even for a short period of time which would subsequently cause a massive evaporation of water supplies.
5- Dr. Michael Hoffman, a leading expert on sunspots and specifically the X and M class of solar flares is certain that we’ll not be able to avoid one for much longer.
6- Massive water infrastructure failure. We’re presently leaking billions of gallons of raw sewage into our water today and we have 100 times as many dams and levees (which are seriously compromised) than we have inspectors.
7- Act of war initiated by poisoning our water supplies with nuclear or biological weapons.
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