Every once and a while someone will question one of my recommendations. Let me give you a few examples…
“I don’t want to buy bottled water because plastic is bad for you.”
“Why do you recommend chlorine for treating water in an emergency? It’s poisonous!”
“Why not just use a UV light to purify the water? It’s easier and can do a whole gallon in a few minutes.”
This is a crucial point for you to understand, WHEN AN EMERGENCY HAPPENS YOUR PRIORITIES MUST CHANGE, IMMEDIATELY!
Face it, you are spoiled. So am I. We have such tremendous infrastructure and it makes our life so easy. We go through life never having to think about the safety of our water. You never have to think about basic survival.
You have lived your entire lives this way, so of course you don’t think about it.
But if the power goes out for an extended period of time or an earthquake strikes; if the infrastructure fails, and you aren’t able to get safe drinking water, and you’re not able to get medicine or medical assistance, your world has changed. Ready or not, you are now in survival mode, and the first thing you have to do is change how you think, especially when it comes to water.
Contaminated water can debilitate you or even kill you within days. Chemicals can be released in large amounts into your water supply. And bacteria can grow exponentially fast.
Your new priority is drinking water safety. Don’t assume that the water coming from your tap is safe, even if it looks clear and smells fine.
If you used to be picky about drinking only alkaline water, or water that was super oxygenated, or clustered, or harmonically balanced, FORGET ALL OF THIS STUFF. Safety is the only thing that matters.
Your bottled water is worth gold. More than gold! (Hopefully you’ve stockpiled a 2 week supply!)
And chlorine? Chlorine is your friend. It will save your life.
And your Survival Still? Absolutely the most important survival tool you have.
There is a reason that the Red Cross and FEMA don’t include filters and UV lights as part of their core recommendations for treating water in an emergency; you can’t rely on them.
So when an emergency strikes…
1) Change your priorities!
2) Remember the Red Cross Recommendations.
3) Don’t assume your water is safe.
4) Boil, chlorinate or distill your water before drinking it!
Remember these points, and you will be able to keep your family safe!
And one final reminder, it’s a heck of a lot easier to deal with such situations if you are prepared BEFORE the emergency happens.