How to Clean, Prepare and Fill a Water Barrel Now that you have purchased your 30-gallon water barrels, do you know how to store water so that it will be clean and safe to drink? Do you just stick the hose into the barrel and fill? No, not a good idea. Here's a step-by-step method to prepare them that will ensure clean, potable water when and if you need it in an emergency.
Good Article: The 7 core areas of preparedness (Food, Water, Heat, Light, Sanitation, Medical, Safety) and The Rule of 3 - what this means is have 1 main & 2 backup methods of doing whatever needs to be done (a backup to your backup). Cooking, heating, lighting, and communications are all aspects that need backups of backups in case the primary method(s) are incapacitated.
Store charcoal in 5 gallon buckets. 1 Bag of Charcoal Briquettes will make it possible for you to cook 1 Meal a Day for a whole month. It's a great storage item to have on hand. Add a couple bottles of starter fluid and you're good to go!
Living Without Running Water: An Emergency Water Storage Guide