Hi bonjour mama -- I filled the water barrel to be prepared for any emergency. Currently I'm feeling I'm at a 6 on my 1 to 10 scale of concern. One of the ways I've found to decrease my stress level give the current events is to channel my nervous energy into being prepared for any emergency. Although we have had three significant wildfires in the past few years and been evacuated for one, I have really only had a makeshift set of supplies for emergencies. (And, I've realized, it's different running from fire: we just take ourselves, animals, important papers and irreplaceable items. I have that drill down to four 18 gallon Rubbermaid bins, plus water, enough snacks for a day and extra clothes along with some firstaid gear...). I've known for some time that I've been underprepared for an earthquake. And, despite the fact we live less than 100 miles from a nuclear power plant, it NEVER crossed my mind I should be prepared for that type of disaster...now I know better.
I bought my water barrel from Costco online (see type below) and they shipped it for free. It arrived.