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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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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