BE SELF-RELIANT: PREPARE YOUR FAMILY (Part 2) - WATER
So...Prepare Yourself and your family...spiritually, mentally, and physically. The most overlooked for people is physical preparedness...so let's start there again...with my suggestions.
1. Filtering Water - It is always good to have both a portable and a bulk water filtration system:
MSR Sweetwater Portable - http://www.amazon.com/MSR-SweetWater-Microfilter-Gray-Red/dp/B001BNPJK6
This lever action system is highly reliable, easy to clean and store, lightweight, and can literally be used anywhere. I have owned one for over 15 years and only had to replace the filter once. I have used it in places with brown brackish swamp water all the way up to glacial streams. Never a problem and the pre-filter keeps out all the big stuff making the internal filter last longer.
Berkey Filters - http://www.berkeyfilters.com/berkey-water-filters/systems/
This is considered a must have by many because this is the most reliable fastest way to filter water in bulk for a family. A simple design and proven reliability means this will last a lifetime. I recommend the Big or Royal sizes and to buy a set of extra filters.
2. Accessing Water - 4-Way Sillcock Key
You can purchase this at Home Depot - http://www.homedepot.com/p/BrassCraft-4-Way-Steel-Sillcock-Key-Wrench-T154/100145007#.UjnqAbzDVig
Almost never thought of but extremely important is being able to access water supplies in a time of emergency. A cheap investment at around $5 this key can get you access to water from almost any public source.
As always I welcome your thoughts!