Drinking water after hurricane

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by Prepper12, Oct 15, 2017.

  1. Prepper12

    Prepper12 Monkey

    I keep hearing on the news how places hit by hurricanes are without drinking water. But isn't water the big thing a hurricane is made out of? People saw the hurricane coming and went out and bought supplies and food and boarded up their homes, so there was plenty of time. So wouldn't it be a basic thing to put out some clean buckets to catch the rain as it came down and then use that for drinking water afterwards? When 15" of rain is coming down out of the sky, it wouldn't take long for contaminants in the air to be removed. Then the water, which is clean, falls into the buckets without coming into contact with anything else first that would contaminate it.

    Since water is probably THE most important thing to have for life, this would seem like a very basic prep to do when facing a hurricane.
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  2. Mountain mama

    Mountain mama Monkey

    Buckets would blow away in the wind before they have a chance to fill. Wind comes before the rain. Maybe weight them down?
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  3. Prepper12

    Prepper12 Monkey

    Sure! Weight them down by putting a clean weight inside would work. Maybe use a really heavy bucket.
    It sure seems like an easy way to have clean water when the hurricane is over. Plenty of water will come from the hurricane itself and cause problems. Why not capture some of it and put it to good use in making things easier afterward?
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  4. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Why not just fill up the BathTub BEFORE the wind comes, and any other containers that you have in your home... No Common Sense, by much of the population...
  5. techsar

    techsar Monkey+++

    Weighing down a bucket is not going to suffice. If a car can be moved by the winds, a bucket hasn't a chance.

    You can't believe the force of a hurricane until you've experienced one up close and personal.
  6. AxesAreBetter

    AxesAreBetter Monkey+++

    People don't look ahead? And the media's idea of "without water" is "without the ability to watch this broadcast"?
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  7. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    I tried to give away numerous bottles of Instant water a while back to aid in preparedness planning; All you had to do was ad water and screw the cap back on. I just made the suggestion that it would be a better vintage if you filled them before the storm.

    While you could possibly plan ahead and devise a Rube Goldberg method of catching side-ways rain and keeping it stationary and debris free until the mosquitoes started breeding, It is much simpler to get numerous containers of potable drinking water stored in advance of 180 mph winds, Just saying.

    @ghrit , we could design a survivalist rain trap that operates in 180 mph winds, Dee can talk Mike into manufacturing them, Get that Survival store guy to run Hurricane specials on them, Get those bearded duck-hunters from Duck Dynasty to set one up at the duck blind ( talk about some fast wing shooting...) and get as rich as Donald Trump. Then we can buy the Presidency and turn this place back into a democratic Republic.
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  8. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Shouldn't be too hard to figure a way to build a gadget to swipe water out of wind. A Savonius rotor might work, or a stainless steel sail with a gutter at the foot instead of a boom. Hm.
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  9. sec_monkey

    sec_monkey SM Security Administrator

    should work @ low speeds

    in 180 to 225 mph winds the gadget might become a guided or unguided missile [eek3] :eek:
  10. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    Set em in concrete on a stainless 40-40 pipe. Hey Melbo, one of those big wind generator farmss ever took a hurricane direct hit yet?
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  11. sec_monkey

    sec_monkey SM Security Administrator

    that might work :)

    contamination would be an issue
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  12. sec_monkey

    sec_monkey SM Security Administrator

  13. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    Awesome Sec!
    May years ago, my former partner in a diving company was a phd physicist working for DOT developing optics for tReagan's Star Wars Initiative for Oak Ridge Associated Universities. I was invited to the lab for a test where they fired a laser for a nano second that had underground capacitors that took bleeding four hydro-electric plants two weeks to charge. It was routed through 28 miles of optics inside the lab, a building so large that it actually mists rain inside on occasion. They burned a hole through a six inch thick ceramic fire-brick in one thousandth of a second and created a clap of thunder inside the building when the air was vaporized. Wonder if that excess power was stored?
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  14. SB21

    SB21 Monkey+++

    Here's the answer to your question. It makes to much sense to look ahead. People these days have had it to easy for to long. So looking ahead for basic survival supplies , stuff that is so readily available by turning a valve, or on a store shelf , is not a priority any more. I'm not as prepped as I should be. I've got enough to keep me going till I can start harvesting what I need, maybe a little more. But I'm getting better, the shelves are getting fuller. But I've got enough ammo for my grandkids , grandkids to harvest their food , if they don't play around. The things we take for granted nowadays was a way of life not more than 40 years ago.
  15. UncleMorgan

    UncleMorgan I eat vegetables. My friends are not vegetables.

    Filling a water bucket in a hurricane is easy.

    Just hold it up sideways. You'll get a bucket and a half of water in no time a'tall!
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  16. SB21

    SB21 Monkey+++

    This kind of stuff is way above my pay grade , but very telling of the technology we've got, that many don't know about.
  17. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Just make sure you are tied to a lamp post and the bucket is on a lanyard. I can suggest where to tie the lanyard ---
  18. oil pan 4

    oil pan 4 Monkey+++

    How about just a normal roof rain water collection system.
    Your cistern will be full long before the 150mph winds show up and rip off your roof.
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  19. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    Boy, These hurricane party's sure have changed i guess?
    We cook, play cards, tell jokes and story's and beer, Did I mention beer , mixed drinks and pop for the kids
    If you want water just stick your face into the wind, close your eyes and open your mouth.
    Kinda of what we call a Quak-sol-lai, The kind of bird that stands in the ditch and turns its head up and opens its beak during a thunderstorm.
    Some have been known to drown that way!
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  20. Thunder5Ranch

    Thunder5Ranch Monkey+++

    People laugh at my collection of 2 liter soda bottles............ Some day I will laugh at them for not having a collection of 2 liter soda bottles :)
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