***Post Harvey/Pre-Irma 2017 Update: This post has been getting a lot of traffic as people get ready for the upcoming storm. You are thinking ahead and that is smart. The Aquapodkit is still my best recommendation for hurricane prep that doesn’t take up your entire storage area. The WaterBob is rising in price as the demand spike. I’m watching for alternatives.
Things you can do if you are sheltering in place. Keep your ice maker running non-stop. Bag the ice and shove it into any unused portion of your freezer. Not only does this let you store more ice (and water) you’re also extending the time your freezer can go without power. See this post on what to eat and when after the power goes out and this one “Someone left the freezer door open, now what” both deal with cooking after the freezer has been compromised.
Important: Any food grade container can be used to store water. Use your plastic storage containers. Fill those most of the way with water and freeze. If you’re out of freezer room, cover tightly and set on the counter. You can use plain chlorine bleach to ensure stored tap water is drinkable: add 8 drops of unscented bleach to 1 gallon of water, stir and wait 30 minutes. This is very handy when boiling isn’t an option.
Pro-Tip: tape a dropper to the container of bleach so you aren’t guessing.
Fill your tubs to use for flushing and sponge bathing. Alternately, if you’re on friendly terms with a neighbor who has a swimming pool you are in luck. To clarify, you’re hauling the water from their pool to your toilet, not using their pool. We’re not monsters.
I hope all of you in the potential path of the storm stay safe. Those of you recovering from Harvey, I hope your lives return to normal as soon as possible.
This year, after doing my annual Hurricane Preparedness Reminder, I was contacted by David Dodgen of AquaStorage, creators of the Aquapod Kit. The Aquapod Kit is a water storage solution to the whole, “But I don’t have enough space to store a two week supply of water for my family of six.” (Quick math will tell you that’s 84 gallons of water)
Water storage has always been one of the more obnoxious pain points of hurricane preparedness in my household. Yes, I do have about 30 gallons of water, but it’s distributed throughout the house in a closet, in the garage, under the stairs. Remembering to rotate the jugs doesn’t always happen. (Oh yeah, we’re back to that whole fallible human thing, aren’t we?)
The Aquapodkit is an incredibly simple solution to an obnoxious problem. It’s a food grade hygienic liner for your bathtub that comes with a pump. While the liners are not reusable, you can purchase refills rather than an entirely new kit. Frigging awesome, if you ask me.
Toss the kit into a closet until a hurricane looms and then follow the instructions.
The Aquapodkit now has the Home-Ec101.com Seal of Approval.
However, there are a couple of drawbacks I must mention. The Aquapodkit is only useful for situations in which you have adequate warning. It’s not a great water storage solution for those who deal with emergencies where there may only be a few moments warning or no warning at all. And as I mentioned, the plastic liners themselves are not reusable -the pump is. You should still keep some water on hand for emergencies other than hurricanes.
A few other quick notes about the product from the representative who took the initiative to contact me (Hey, I’m also an entrepreneur, I like people who take appropriate initiative.)
1. This water storage solution product is made here in the USA.
2. We support local organizations – our kits are put together at the Austin State School of the Aged and Disabled – we love them and have been working with them for years.
3. We are the only product that offers replacement liners / refills – a great value to the consumer.
4. My parents tested and used the product during Hurricane Katrina.
You can purchase the kits through the website directly or you can purchase the
Aquapod Kit from Amazon.
*NOTE 9/3/2017 The Aquapod Kit is currently unavailable on Amazon. This Water Bob is a very similar item and is currently available.
I was sent an Aquapod Kit for review purposes. I opened up the box, took one look at it and said, “Brilliant.” I closed the box and put it with my emergency preparedness supplies. I may be a lot of things, but stupid isn’t one. All opinions are my own, including that one.