How To Help Others During an Emergency Without Putting Yourself at Risk

  TODAY I WANT TO address an important concern that many people have; “In an emergency, how do we help other people without putting ourselves at risk? I want to help my neighbors and my friends, but if I give them my stored water or other supplies, which I worked hard to save up, I could blow through my 30-day supply in a matter of a day or two. These are people I know and I care about, so I can’t just turn them away. Even the ones that I don’t know are good people in need. What to do?” I think this is one of the most overlooked aspects of being prepared. Yes, you can prepare yourself and your family, but the vast majority of people have not prepared, nor have they ever even thought about the need for being prepared.  Let’s be honest. You don’t want to turn away your neighbors, your friends, your family, your business associates, and their young children and elderly relatives. We are hard-wired to help each other. It’s the right thing to do, and it’s what makes our society strong. And if helping others is not compelling enough, consider that your family will
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Why Be Prepared?

  Why is it a good idea to be prepared for the unexpected? It’s my belief that, for the sake of your family, you should be prepared for the unexpected. Not out of fear, but out of an awareness that the systems that we all take for granted could fail. We live in an extremely fine-tuned, specialized and interconnected world. This is our strength and our weakness. Here’s what I mean… FINE-TUNED: Businesses have become extremely efficient. It doesn’t make sense for them to keep a lot of inventory. You’ve heard of “just-in-time” inventory? Grocery stores, for example, don’t keep much inventory on hand. For the most part, what you see on the shelves is what they have. The computers simply have the products delivered at the exact time it’s needed. This is great for the grocery store’s profitability, but if there is a problem that prevents the trucks from delivering the food, the shelves will go bare in a day or two. So what could prevent trucks from delivering the food? A cyber-attack on computer systems, a black out, earthquake, hurricane or other natural disaster, interruption to gasoline supplies, civil disruption, war, terrorism, and countless other events. SPECIALIZED: Do
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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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What You Need to Understand about Water in a Disaster (Part 2)

This is a very important article series that will provide you with essential  and practical information for surviving during an emergency. Please start with the first article in the series. A key to understanding WHY FEMA/Red Cross recommend the treatment methods that they do (and why they don’t recommend other treatment methods) requires some core understanding of water and water contamination. THE FIRST THING TO UNDERSTAND is that water contamination is not one-dimensional. There are different categories or types of contaminants that can be in water. These types of contaminants are…   PARTICULATES. Particulates are suspended contaminants that make the water cloudy, or turbid. Particulates can consist of many different substances, and can indicate the presence of biological contaminants.   MICROBIOLOGICAL. Biological contaminants are living organisms including bacteria, parasites, viruses, cysts and more, such as cholera, e. Coli, giardia, worms, etc. These organisms can cause serious illness or death.   HEAVY METALS. Heavy metals, also called inorganic contaminants, include toxins such as arsenic, fluoride, lead, mercury, nitrates and many others. Heavy metals can be very toxic and have been linked to brain damage, birth defects, neurological damage, cancer and other serious health issues.   RADIOACTIVE METALS. Radioactive metals include toxins
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FEMA and Red Cross Recommendations for Treating Water in an Emergency (Part 1)

Today I am starting a important article series about FEMA and Red Cross recommendations for treating water during an emergency. This is very important, practical information that everyone should know, because having a supply of safe drinking water during an emergency is one of the key aspects of survival. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the American Red Cross have prepared a comprehensive pamphlet that instructs people how to make water safe to drink during an emergency. My goal with this article series is to go beyond the information in the pamphlet and explain to readers WHY FEMA and the Red Cross recommend the treatment methods that they do, with the intent that a deeper understanding of the core issues will enhance your ability to survive an emergency. BEFORE READING ANY FURTHER, YOU SHOULD PRINT THE FEMA/RED CROSS PAMPHLET OUT AS WELL AS THIS ENTIRE ARTICLE SERIES SO YOU HAVE ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION IF THE POWER GOES OUT. YOU SHOULD STORE THESE DOCUMENTS IN A WATER-PROOF, EASILY ACCESSIBLE LOCATION. HERE IS THE LINK TO THE FEMA/RED CROSS PAMPHLET. THE RECOMMENDATIONS. FEMA and the American Red Cross recommend three treatment methods for treating water during an emergency. Here are
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