The Real Impact of The San Andreas “Big One”

  LATER THIS MONTH a new movie will be released called “San Andreas”, starring the Rock. It’s about a massive earthquake striking California. I have not seen the movie, obviously because it’s not out yet, but I have seen the trailer. Of course, the Rock saves a pretty lady while the helicopter that he’s in flies away just before getting crushed by a falling building. The special effects make it fun, but I want to talk about what would happen in real life if, or more accurately WHEN, the big one strikes the West Coast, because this is a real event that will happen someday. Just to clarify, I am not a geologist, but my father is and we have discussed this scenario in depth. First, let’s discuss how earthquakes are measured. There are small and large earthquakes and everything in between. There is a standardized scale from 1 to 10 (and higher) to measure the energy released. Each number assigned is a ten-fold increase in magnitude, which means that a magnitude 7 quake is ten-times as powerful as a magnitude 6 quake. What are we talking about when we say the Big One? A “Big One” could be 7.0
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How to React to An Emergency

Today I want to give you some guidelines for how to react after an emergency. It is a PDF that is formatted for easy printing, and I give you permission to give it away for free to people you know! Download it here. Every emergency situation is different and every location is different, so you will have to adapt to your situation and make the best decisions possible based on the information you have at the time. These guidelines may help you. BEFORE AN EMERGENCY, Be Prepared! Your options greatly increase if you are properly prepared. AVOID IF POSSIBLE. It’s ALWAYS better to avoid a situation in the first place, if possible. Some disasters, like hurricanes, can be seen before they strike, which gives you time to avoid the situation. Hurricane Katrina is a good example of an emergency that was avoidable for many people. Hundreds of thousands of people were able to evacuate New Orleans before it hit, which greatly improved their chances for survival. STEP ONE: GET SAFE. Obviously the most important thing to do is to get you and your family safe from immediate danger. If there is a tsunami headed your way, for example, get to
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Water and Radiation

Radiation is one of the types of contaminants that can be in water, so it’s important that you understand how to reduce your family’s exposure to radiation. Here are some key points about radiation. What is radiation? Simply speaking radiation is the transmission of energy in the form of waves or particles through space or through a material (Wikipedia). The term radiation means “radiating out from a source”. Radiation is not readily recognizable, as it is invisible, tasteless and odorless and some forms of radiation can penetrate materials, metal shields and the human body. Radiation can however, be measured by radiation detectors. Radiation, in low levels, is all around us all the time, and can come from natural and man-made sources. It’s in the atmosphere, in many soils and rocks, and even comes from light bulbs and x-rays. Some places have naturally occurring radiation in their water in levels that are quite concerning (see this news report about radiation in Houston’s water). The Japanese earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster in March of 2011 was one of the most significant environmental disasters ever, with both air and water becoming radioactivity polluted. From that event, radioactive materials traveled around the world
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Question: How Do I Know Who To Trust for Information About Water?

Question: Why does it seem like there is so much misinformation about water? I get conflicting information from so many sources. Also, how do I know who to trust? Answer: Your observation is accurate. I have said it many times before; there is a SHOCKING lack of knowledge about water in our society. I believe that this lack of knowledge prevents people from achieving maximum health and longevity, and even more importantly, this lack of knowledge can be deadly in an emergency situation. One of the things that I like to do is what I call the Barnes & Noble Experiment. Every time I go to Barnes & Noble I go to the nutrition and health section, which is quite large. There are countless books about healthy eating, nutrition, weight loss, and even specialty books on the benefits of garlic, or iodine, etc. I flip through the index of these books to see what they say about water. After all, water is the foundation of life itself, so nutrition books should cover it extensively, right? Wrong. More than half of the books say NOTHING at all about water. Of the remaining books, most just talk about the quantity of water
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Understand That There Are Different Types of Water Emergencies!

  A GENTLEMAN EMAILED me the other day and said, “I have chlorine tablets and can boil water in an emergency. Is distilling overkill?” The answer is important so I wanted to share it with you. First of all, it’s important to understand why an emergency situation is MUCH more dangerous than normal. I won’t spend much time on this part of the answer, because I have written a previous article on this subject, which you can see here. The second part of my answer however, is also very important. You need to understand that there are different types of water emergencies, and you may have to respond differently to the different types. Water contamination is not one-dimensional, and in fact can be quite complex. This is especially true in an emergency situation because harmful contaminants can be released into the environment in greater amounts than normal. For example, an earthquake could rupture water and sewage lines, chemical pipelines, chemical storage tanks, refineries and nuclear power plants, releasing who knows what into the environment. If you have been listening to me for a while, you know that I encourage you to understand Red Cross recommendations for treating water. But even
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The Spiritual Side of Being Prepared

I woke up this morning inspired to write to you about something that I feel is very important; the spiritual side of being prepared. There is no doubt that we live in a rapidly changing world. Chaos seems to be increasing and stability seems to be an illusion. It appears inevitable that some bad events are just around the corner. Is there going to be war, terrorism, disease outbreaks or natural disasters in the near future? I don’t know, nor does anyone (except God) know. I know that there are a lot of scared people, and if something does happen there will be MANY more scared, even panicked people. So what will you do? What is the right thing to do? FIRST, BE PREPARED. This is a value that generations before us have embraced. Remember the fable of the ant and the grasshopper? The gist of the story is that the ant works hard to keep his house in order and to prepare for the coming winter by stocking up on food. The grasshopper laughs at the ant’s work ethic and spends his time playing. When winter comes, the ant has plenty of food through the winter while the grasshopper
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Survival Still FAQ

  These are the top questions that we have received about the Survival Still. If you have additional questions, post them in the comments and we will try to add them. What is the Survival Still? The Survival Still is a new emergency water purifier that allows you to provide your family with a unlimited supply of safe, high-purity water in an emergency. The Survival Still is the single most effective emergency purifier on the market and is the only product that is so effective that you can even turn ocean water into high-purity drinking water, forever! With the Survival Still, your family will be completely water-independent in an emergency for as long as needed.   Why should I own a Survival Still? In an emergency, having safe drinking water for your family could be a matter of life or death! The US and other developed countries have very good water infrastructure, but when an emergency happens, such as a hurricane, earthquake or even terrorism this infrastructure can be damaged or destroyed. If the infrastructure in your city is damaged or destroyed, or if the power goes out for an extended period of time, there is a good chance that
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When Your Options Are Limited

My goal is to help you be prepared for an emergency situation, and the most important thing that you need is KNOWLEDGE. With this in mind, I want you to understand an important aspect of water in an emergency that most people don’t understand: the impact of having a lack of options. What do I mean by a “lack of options”? Today, right now, you can jump out of your seat and go to the kitchen and turn on the tap and (in most cases) drink safe drinking water. Or you could go to any number of stores in your town and buy bottled water. You can even, if need be, jump in your car and drive hundreds of miles to get water there. You have plenty of options. In addition to this, if you get sick you can go to the store to get medicine, you can go to the doctor, or you can even call an ambulance if need be. Again you have plenty of options. When you have plenty of options, it’s not very serious if one of those options goes bad. If the tap water coming to your house stops flowing because of a water main
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