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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Ask Glenn Meder: How to Assess an Emergency Situation

This is an article series in which we answer your questions about being prepared for an emergency. Got a question? Post a question in the comments of this article or email Glenn at glenn@survivalstill.com. To download a print-formatted PDF of this article, click here. Question: How do I know if I am in a water emergency situation and whether my water is safe to drink? What should my first steps be?  Answer. These are vital questions. Here are the steps that you need to take after an emergency situation… Your first step happens PRIOR TO an emergency situation. You should be as prepared as possible. Being prepared a) gives you options, b) allows you to stay calm, and c) puts you in a position to help others. The first step DURING an emergency situation is to make sure that you and your loved ones are out of immediate danger. The next step is to make a situational assessment, which requires you to be as aware as possible of what is going on, and you need to remain calm so you can think properly. These are some of the questions you should ask yourself… How serious is the situation? What do
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Earn a Handful of FREE Silver Coins

Today we are happy to announce a limited time Refer-A-Friend special offer. Starting today you can refer people to our site and if they purchase a Survival Still, you will receive a free 1oz Canadian Maple Leaf silver coin. There is no limit to the amount of coins that you can earn. Earn 10, 20 or even 50! So how do you take advantage of this? Well, when you are on any page on our website you should see a little “Refer-a-Friend” tab on the left-hand side of the page. Click on this, provide us with some basic data and then share on Facebook, Twitter or email – simple! * There are a few rules. Please note that our affiliates, dealers, employees and partners are not eligible for this special offer. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer. No silver coin is owed if the customer returns the Survival Still for any reason. We reserve the right to provide another silver coin of similar value (for example, an American Eagle Silver coin). Delivery should be within 6 weeks of the end of the special offer or sooner. We can end the contest at any time. Other rules may
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Ukraine, Russia and your Drinking Water

As you know, I try to provide you with valuable information that will make you better prepared for an emergency. Today’s topic is one that I hesitate to talk about because I try very hard to be positive and optimistic with my communications. That is, as positive and optimistic as I can possibly be when talking about how to prepare for potential emergency scenarios. The subject matter requires me to touch on topics that could be alarming to some, but I feel that it is wise to be prepared, and one of the key ways to not get caught up in the panic after a disaster is to be prepared. The subject in the news right now is the Ukraine – Russia situation. This is potentially a very serious situation so I think that it’s the right time to talk about how war would affect your water supply. If you want another perspective on the conflict that is going on now between Russia/Ukraine and the USA, I suggest that you read this article, Washington’s Arrogance, Hubris, and Evil Have Set the Stage for War. Paul Craig Roberts is someone that I respect and I read regularly. He feels that this
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Ask Glenn Meder: Being Prepared with Bottled Water

This is an article series in which we answer your questions about being prepared for an emergency. Got a question? Post a question in the comments of this article or email Glenn at glenn@survivalstill.com. To download a print-formatted PDF of this article, click here. Question: How much bottled water should I have stored away in case of an emergency? What type should I buy? Answer: Bottled water should be a key component of your emergency preparedness plan. Today I will talk about commercially produced bottled water as opposed to storing your own water, which I will cover in a later article. Many organizations recommend having at least three day worth of bottled water, but three days should be a very minimum. I recommend having at least two weeks worth of bottled water. This means one gallon per person per day, of which ½ gallon would be used for drinking and ½ gallon for hygiene, cooking, etc. I recommend that you purchase cases of ½ liter (16.9 ounce) bottles. I like the small bottles instead of the larger 3 or 5 gallon bottles for emergency preparedness for a few reasons. First of all, the smaller bottles last longer, the seal is
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Removing Radioactive Contaminants by Distillation by Eldon Muehling

This is a guest article by Eldon Muehling (aka Dr. Water), who was a chemistry teacher and was my mentor for many years. His knowledge about water and water contamination is endless, and he has agreed to be a regular contributor to the Survival Still Blog. With increasing frequency we hear questions regarding the ability to clean water that is contaminated with various radioactive contaminants. Especially of concern to many currently is the continuing threat of radioactive contamination of nearby rivers and streams in the aftermath of the tsunami that struck the nuclear power facility in Fukushima Daiichi in Japan. This disabled plant is located on a 3.5 square kilometer site in the towns of Okuma and Futaba. This concern is well grounded since a study published by Elsevier late last year in the Journal Anthropocene . (Elsevier Reed is based out of Amsterdam and is a world-leading publishing company and provider of technical, scientific and medical information.) The study titled Natural News revealed that many of the lakes and rivers which are located along the coast of Japan are now inadvertently transporting considerable radioactive waste directly from the severely damaged Fukushima power plant into the Pacific Ocean! After conducting
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Yes, we accept Bitcoins

I am proud to say that we are now accepting Bitcoins for our products. If you don’t know what Bitcoins are, don’t worry, we still accept dollars ;). If you would like to know what Bitcoins are, here’s a basic explanation. If you’d like a really in-depth explanation, this is a great one. If you don’t see a Bitcoin button next to the product that you are looking for, we can send you a Bitcoin invoice. Contact us here.  
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Understanding the West Virginia Chemical Spill

I have received a number of questions from people regarding the recent chemical spill in West Virginia. I would like to go over some of the facts about the spill and talk about what you can do to protect your family from this situation and future chemical spills (yes, it will happen again). Before I get into the article I would like to make a quick statement to our customers. While we have not tested the Survival Still against MCHM, we have examined the characteristics of the chemical and WE ARE CONFIDENT THAT THE SURVIVAL STILL WILL REMOVE THE CHEMICAL. Please keep reading to see additional advice. On January 9, 2014, 7,500 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, or MCHM leaked into the Elk River near Charleston, West Virginia. State and federal agencies issued a state of emergency and ordered 300,000 West Virginia residents not to drink or use tap water for any purpose other than flushing toilets. MCHM is a foaming agent used in the coal preparation process. Unfortunately, there is simply not a lot of information available about this chemical. The fact is that no one knows what the health effects of this chemical are! Richard Denison, Ph.D., a Senior Scientist
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What is an EMP and how dangerous would it be?

We at Survival Still want to keep you informed of why you should be prepared. Probably the scariest threat is an Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) weapon that could seriously damage or cripple our electrical infrastructure. Three quick facts: 1) The US is completely dependent upon our electrical infrastructure. We are more vulnerable than any other country. 2) We can’t deny that there are a number of countries that would like to cripple us if they had the opportunity. 3) The technology to produce massive EMP’s exists, and North Korea most likely already has this technology and Iran is working on it. Don’t be scared about it, but be aware and take precautions. Watch the video for more information.  
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