Archive for the ‘Water’ Category

Strategic Resources

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Some things are more important in your emergency preparedness program than others.  Think about what the immediate needs of those who witnessed the tidal wave that hit the Fukujima, Japan nuclear power plant and its’ environs.  FIVE MINUTES AFTER THE DISASTER, WHAT DO YOU THINK THE SURVIVORS THOUGHTS WERE ABOUT THEIR IMMEDIATE NEEDS? Consider:  “Where can I get a clean glass of water,” and shortly thereafter, “Where can I find a restroom that is still working?”

Remember the rule of 3’s: you can live 3 minutes without air, 3 days without water, and 3 weeks without food. If scared enough from the disaster, you may last 3 seconds, or 3 hours before needing toilet facilities, depending on how well you handle stress.  If a scarey movie makes you wet your pants, think what an 8.5 recter scale earthquake might do, and the first thing you’ll be looking for is your waterless Sanitation Kit, and the privacy of a springbar “Poopy Port” tent,  .  .  . you and all your neighbors when they see that you are prepared.

See the need and then proceed to get prepared. You’ll feel much better about yourself if the liquids of your life have been adaquately cared for, both in and out.

For further information contact: (your area Emergency Preparedness Specialist)

Of Power Outages and Pipes

Saturday, May 13th, 2006

Emergency Preparedness – Of Power Outages and Pipes


   Power outages in winter months not only make you uncomfortable when furnace controls are knocked out, but the important “liquid functions” of your life can get really messed up, too.

   The fuel company shuns the suggestion of turning on stovetop or oven burners as a heat source, or using kerosene heaters.  Open flame units consume oxygen for respiration and can dangerously foul unventilated interior environments.  However, fireplace or wood stove units are okay because they vent to the outside.

   Water supply and sewer pipes can freeze in prolonged outages unless heat can circulate under sinks and around pipes.  Close off rooms that don’t contain pipes, open bathroom and kitchen cabinets that do, and slightly open all faucets to permit a stream of warm water.   Gas water heaters still work without electricity.  Keep toilets thawed.  (Don’t need to say more about that).                                          

   Fill clean containers with water for drinking if prolonged freezing temperatures are expected.  Stored water in drums if in the basement will generally not freeze below ground, but you’ll worry over what’s in the garage.  That’s a reminder that things put away right will be usable when emergencies arises.

   For more information contact (your emergency preparedness specialist).


Think a Gallon of Gas is Expensive?

Saturday, May 13th, 2006

Emergency Preparedness – Think a Gallon of Gas is Expensive?


   A 16 oz. Diet Snapple costs $1.29, or $10.32 per gallon.  A 20 oz. Gatorade is $1.59, or $10.17 a gallon.  With the most “real fruit juice”, a 16 oz. Ocean Spray is only $1.25, or $10.00 a gallon.
   Get sick and you’re in real trouble.  A 1.5 oz. bottle of Scope is $.99, or $84.48 a gallon, Pepto Bismol (4 oz. at $3.85) is $123.20 per gallon, and Vick’s Nyquil (6 oz. for $8.35) is a whopping $178.13 a gallon.
    Doctors say most people become susceptible to sickness because they don’t drink enough water.
Evian Spring* Water at $1.49 for 9 ounces, costs only $21.19 per gallon, and no one knows its’ source.  (Did you know that EVIAN spelled backwards is NAÏVE?)  Is the drinking fountain that bad?
   Eat good food, stay healthy and drink lots of water – find your own tap, and you can afford gasoline.
*Do you think they call it spring water because it’s bottled only in March, April and May?
   For more information contact (your emergency preparedness specialist).


72 Hour Emergency Kit — #1 Water.

Friday, May 5th, 2006

72 Hour Emergency Kit — #1 Water

     A gallon of water weighs 8.33 pounds.  How can you carry a 3-day supply?  That’s 24.99 pounds for just the amount recommended for drinking and cooking.  You can’t survive without it.
      Tools:  Canteen or suitable container, filtration unit, squeeze bottle of Clorox. 
      Resources:  Properly stored water supply, or as clean a raw water source as possible. 
      Know How:  Knowing how to process raw water minimizes your need to carry.   Any durable food safe plastic container can be used.  Pop bottles are great.  Treat uncertain water with ¼ to 1 teaspoon of Clorox (depending on how unsure your source is), 30-45 minutes standing time, and finally filtering the “clean” water to remove bad taste, odors, etc.  A good filtration unit is critical to your quality of life and you can learn about them from or your emergency preparedness specialist (s) . . . . .

Water Storage

Saturday, March 25th, 2006

Let’s review the elements of water storage. Consider each of these essentials:

1. Containerization. “Food safe” polyethylene plastic vessels transfer no flavors and should be airtight and heavy gauge to insure against leakage or breakage.

2. Filling. A “food safe” plastic hose must also be used. If a garden hose is used, it’s hosey taste will be amplified over time to render the stored water unfit to drink.

3. Decontamination or sterilization.  Boiling or adding 1/4 tsp. chlorine bleach per gallon of clean, culinary water kills algae, molds, spores, fungus, etc., that are found in tap water and will keep your supply from changing on the shelf. Put away right, stored water need not be rotated or refreshed.

4.  Filters. . . do not purify water, but do remove things that make it look, smell, and taste bad.  Passed through a final activated charcoal or ceramic filter, water will taste good, making a filter a most desirable tool for water processing.

5. Quantity. Consider 1+ gallons of water per family member per day. You’ll never have too much.

Water Storage

Saturday, March 25th, 2006

After natural disasters eight to ten times more people die or are health impaired due to contaminated water than from the disaster itself. The major daily problem for over 80% of the world’s people is finding a clean glass of water. This is even true in some places in America. Foreign travelers and missionaries cope first thing with this reality or pay the price very quickly.Water has always been the #1 strategic resource. “Poison the well” was a battle tactic millennia ago. Securing your safe water resource – a separate quantity that is not on line with the municipal system – should be your number one preparedness priority.

     For more information, call (your preparedness specialist).