Get Your Priorities Straight!

  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
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The Hierarchy of Water Needs

  A very important point to understand about purifying water in an emergency is that you don’t have to purify all of your water to the same degree. I call this the “Hierarchy of Water Needs”. Think about the different uses for water… At the top of the list is drinking water for infants, newborns, young children, the elderly and immune compromised people. Do you remember the cryptosporidium outbreak in Milwaukee in 1993? Over 100 people died from that incident, and most of the deaths were the very young, the elderly or people with compromised immune systems. Use only the highest purity water with absolute certainty of biological protection, or in other words, use distilled water or a large name bottled water, such as SmartWater or AquaFina. Avoid other types of water if at all possible. Also at the top of the list is water for medical purposes. See the previous recommendations regarding water quality. Next, and still extremely important, is drinking water for adults. It’s very important that you protect yourself from the different types of contaminants that can be in your water. This is especially true in an emergency situation, because the infrastructure that keeps us safe can
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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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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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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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Distillation is the Best Process During an Emergency (Part 7)

This is the seventh article in an important series that will provide you with essential  and practical information for surviving during an emergency. Please start with the first article in the series. Distillation is the most secure method of purifying water for consumable purposes during an emergency. Distillation provides the highest level of  protection against the full range of possible contaminants, ESPECIALLY BIOLOGICALS. It’s also the only process that can reliably purify ocean water. BUILD YOUR OWN WATER DISTILLER FEMA and the Red Cross have the following instructions for making your own basic water distiller: To distill, fill a pot halfway with water. Tie a cup to the handle on the pot’s lid so that the cup will hang right-side-up when the lid is upside-down (make sure the cup is not dangling into the water), and boil the water for 20 minutes. The water that drips from the lid into the cup is distilled. (See illustration.) BUT THERE IS A BETTER WAY TO DISTILL YOUR WATER… Yes, you can try building your own water distiller like this, but it is much better to be prepared with a professionally designed emergency water distiller. The best emergency water distiller on the market
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Going Beyond FEMA Recommendations (Part 6)

This is the sixth article in an important series that will provide you with essential  and practical information for surviving during an emergency. Please start with the first article in the series. GOING BEYOND THE FEMA AND RED CROSS RECOMMENDATIONS. There is an obvious weakness with the FEMA/Red Cross recommendations. While biological contamination is the most dangerous type (and they are right to put so much emphasis on biological contaminants), the other types of contamination can also be dangerous. For example, the Japanese disaster of 2011 shows us that nuclear power plants can be damaged to the point of releasing large amounts of radioactive metals into the environment. Pipelines, tanker trucks  and chemical refineries are equally vulnerable and can release large amounts of other chemicals into the environment. The key point to remember is that you don’t know what will be in the water, so it’s important to protect against the full-range of possible contaminants. HAVE PROPER PRIORITIES. Your priority for treating water during an emergency should be as follows: Priority #1: Protect your family against biological contaminants that could be in your water. Priority #2: Protect your family against the full range of possible contaminants, as long as priority
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