JUMPSTART: Water1 – Overview

July 1, 2013

in Jumpstart, Water

JUMPSTART is a survival methodology that includes consideration of others around us who are either not aware of the need to prepare for emergencies or have made a decision to lower the priority of that need.
For an introduction see: JUMPSTART: Overview

This is the first part of a series of five articles on Water.

The rule of threes says that we can generally go for about 3 minutes without air, 3 hours without shelter (highly variable), 3 days without water, and 3 weeks without food. We usually take air for granted until it gets precious. Shelter may or may not be a big factor depending on our environment. But water is an absolutely critical resource no matter environment we are in. Dehydration is often underestimated as a survival threat. For most average adults the progression of dehydration goes something like this:

  • 1 day without water = thirsty, tired, headache
  • 2 days without water = physically weak, mental impairment, bad judgments/decisions
  • 3 days without water = dying or dead

Many people think they can survive for 3 days without water. While that may be generally true, somewhere between the 2nd day and the 3rd day, mental capacity begins to become impaired. This affects the quality of our decision making ability when we need it the most. By the third day, body functions begin to shut down and only the strongest and most tenacious among us will survive this level. We must find water on the 2nd day or our chances of finding it on the 3rd day go way down.

  • Needs over time [JUMPSTART: Water2]
    90 days is a key tipping point
  • Storage and Collection [JUMPSTART: Water3]
    270 gals is a minimum storage level for two adults based on the 90 day tipping point, 180 gals for drinking only
  • Instructions and Knowledge management [JUMPSTART: Water4]
    • Collect process information
    • Document sources
    • Categorize information and sources
    • Print INSTRUCTIONs (hardcopy)
    • Distribute information

  • Analysis [JUMPSTART: Water5]
    An expenditure of $145 can help prevent 4 neighboring households from dying of dehydration.

[continue to JUMPSTART: Water2 – Storage and Collection]

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