Water is an essential life need in your day to day survival. Your body is comprised of approximately 88% water. This need for water is much greater in times of stress, changes in environment, altitude and of course survival. It is therefore essential that securing potable drinking water must be your primary objective. You will need enough water for all members of your family. On average consider that you will need about 1 gallon of drinking water per day for each individual.
Water will also be needed for bathing, cooking, bathroom and first aid; this should not be your drinking water. You must understand that water is very dense and thus very heavy. You will need clean large containers, buckets, garbage cans (you can put liners in the cans) and anything else clean you can find to store water. Always try to fill water as close to your shelter as possible due to its weight. Also if you are sheltered in on a higher level in a building or home, try to secure water on that level rather then having to heave large containers.
Keep in mind that after an attack it will be too late to gather water. If an attack were to occur it is very likely that there will be no water pressure or electric. To add to this you have to consider that contamination will likely take out any water source that you may have access too. It would therefore behoove you to fill every available container, soda bottles, the bathtub, washing machine, garbage cans-with heavy duty clean liners and anything else you can find or think of.
Bleach or Clorox can be used to clean items that may be dirty. Make sure you rinse thoroughly with water and if possible under pressure to get rid of any remaining residue from the bleach. Cleanliness will be one of the most difficult things you will strive to achieve and it will be difficult because of conditions.
Food Supplies: If food is not already secured in advance from your terrorism survival plan, it should be obtained from local stores. Bear in mind that stores will likely be chaotic and you will have to act quickly and intelligently. Send Adults for this task and make sure they are prepared to deal with everything from pushing and shoving and name calling to actual confrontations with fellow shoppers. Just remember that your main objective is to get the items you need and get back to the shelter as quickly as possible.
Also remember that stores only stock so many items and will inevitably run out of key products. Please use your ATAC food-shopping Checklist located at the end of this section. Use credit cards on as many purchases as possible in an effort to save cash for the time when banks, ATM’s and other money sources will not be available.
Additionally, you should have MRE (meals ready to eat) already purchased from www.atacstore.com or another source and stored safely. MRE’s can offer you a good tasting energy source with enough protein and carbohydrates to keep you going.
On average each family member will need a case of MRE’s per week for survival. This is the same MRE’s that are supplied to our military troop’s everyday when they are out and about.
Sheltor is the next priority objective. If you are using your home for a shelter you will need to understand safety parameters and how to best fortify safety measures. If you are on the move and trying to find or create a shelter, you will also need to understand the same basics of what to look for in construction materials and which can best be used to protect you and your family from the dangers associated with a terrorist attack.