For those of you wise enough to put back supplies in case of emergency..........Please, make water your TOP priority! Now I thought I was doing ok, but I knew this is my weakness because trying to find good containers to store water in is not that easy and can be sort of expensive. If you try milk jugs, they collapse after a period of time, same with the containers you can buy at the store. easy child and I did finally pick up some of those large jugs meant for water coolers.....and I need to get more.....but yeah. I want 55 gallon food grade plastic barrels. Well, if you can find a supplier close, they're pretty cheap. If not, you can pay almost 100 bucks and that doesn't include shipping. We're still trying to pin a source down, I can't afford to order the things. And I'll admit I have been through power outage after power outage..........and water was never an issue, so while I was working on it, I wasn't working overly hard. So for several days we've been doing over 100 degree temps. A major severe storm front popped up yesterday with 60-80 mph winds, large hail, pouring rain in spots. (not everyone got the rain hail) Nichole got hit hard and retreated to her bathroom scared to death, with good reason. I think Stepto2 got hit hard too.....by the way has she been online today? Storm headed straight for our town and we mostly got those darn winds, and Holy Moly! Downed trees and power lines everywhere. I think they said in the area (dayton cincy ect) there are 1 million people without power. Those winds were scarey! We didn't get much rain...and no hail. Probably a good thing since the wind did so much damage. easy child has a downed power line in her back yard.......and is still without power, no one has even come and checked on it yet. Much of the town is without power, so bad that you can't get near a restaurant and I'd hate to see the stores. And yes it was at least 100 degrees again today. So since I had power at 11am easy child and boys came to hang out here. Well, while she was scoping the internet trying to see if she could get some idea of when they'd have power again.........she came across a county notice that the county water was running out because they didn't have power and their pumps weren't working. They only had about 2 hrs worth of water left! And they expected to be out for at least several days! Since we're the county seat........I didn't know if "county water" also meant "city water" but I was taking no chances. I started rounding up all those 2 & 3 liter bottles I've been saving (great for water storage they don't collapse over time) and started filling. Travis had bottles he'd not brought down from his room (a LOT) and so then with Darrin's help I started washing and then filling with Darrin either handing me bottles to wash & fill or taking ones I'd filled and putting them into an area of the room out of the way. Then it hit me about the dogs........omg. Soooo I called to Travis. Now I water my garden using milk jugs and a watering can. So I had him fill all the jugs........then take it out to the huge metal wash tub Rowdy's been using the past few days and fill it to the brim, then had him refill all the milk jugs again. Then......I grabbed containers I'd put into the yard sale and filled them all..........I swear I didn't stop until there was nothing left I could fill! My bathtub doesn't hold water well enough or it would've been filled to the brim as well......toilet flushing water. Now she found out from someone that county didn't mean city, they're not supposed to be tied together......not sure I trust that so much, but for the moment we still have water. But that was an eye opener to me how important water is to prep for emergencies. I now have enough to last about a week. (I forgot to add that easy child went home and filled every empty container she had too and she also had stored water) Water will be from now on, a top priority. We have countless folks without water who never got any warning it was about to happen. NONE! I'm going to say right now our stores don't keep much in stock either.......and those cute little water bottles everyone drinks from don't last very long at all. I will hunt down a local supplier that is affordable for those darn 55 gallon drums and I will have at least 4 of the darn things. (one for a rain barrel) That scared the beegeebies out of me. You can't last very long without water.........most especially in this heat wave. Now before you think, oh it's no big deal.......think about how many times you go to the faucet a day, how much water do you use to cook ect? Yeah. What about your pets? See what I mean? Yeah. I used to be one of those people that thought...ohh a few jugs would be ok, takes up too much room blah blah blah. No more! 55 gallon barrels actually don't take up much room at all. And it last a year without any perservative........and if you don't want to add something to it, then boil it after a year.....or use it to water the garden or whatever and just wash them out and refill them. They have forecasted more of the same type of storms for over night. Man.......I hope not. We need the rain....but we certainly don't need more wind to knock down more power lines. Here I was feeling so good about emergency preps and I got caught with my pants down. ugh Everything else was just fine and dandy, except the darn water.