Are You Prepared for an Emergency?
With all that is going on in the world today, it is important to be prepared for any emergency. The recent hurricanes and subsequent flooding in Florida and Haiti are a good example. We can’t always rely on the government to save us every time there is a disaster, natural or man-made. In fact, the government has a preparedness website at Ready.gov that is designed to help you be prepared for a disaster and to be able to take care of yourself, at least for a few days until help arrives.
Emergency Supply List
The emergency supply list provided by the government website includes many things like food, a battery or hand cranked radio, flashlight, first aid kit, a whistle, dust mask, moist towelettes and garbage bags with ties for restroom needs, a wrench or pliers to turn off utilities, a can opener for foods and local maps. Most importantly, however, water is #1 on the list! They recommend that you have one gallon per person for at least three days. (Survival Supply List from Ready.gov)
What happens when the three days are up? If you have one of our automatic home water distillers, even if the power goes out, you will have 5 to 15 gallons of fresh distilled water already stored in the storage tank for quick and safe use via a spigot on the front or side of the machine. For a short term emergency, our home water distillers are an excellent way to have fresh water without having to constantly replenish water for storage. As long as the vessel is clean (we recommend glass or stainless steel), distilled water can be stored for up to a year. On a daily basis, you will receive clean, toxin free water with a home distiller, but in an emergency, it is a great way to have some extra stored safe water on hand.
Our Survival Distiller
Unless you have a generator, your home water distiller will no longer work to produce any more water. You can only use what is available in the storage tank. Without a generator, you will need another way to produce clean water. Also, if you’ve left your home, you will need a portable way to produce clean drinkable water. This is where our portable emergency water purifier, the Survival Still emergency water purification system, saves the day.
With a few standard sized pots from your home and our emergency water purification system called the Survival Still, you will be able to easily make clean distilled water for drinking and cooking. You do not need any other equipment or special filters with our system. Simply put your pots on top of a stable heat source like a fire or propane stove to heat the water and you will have access to wonderfully clean safe water.
Many people like to rely on bottled water as a backup for emergencies. Bottled water may not be 100% safe because sometimes bottled water can become contaminated due to a broken seal, or from being stored next to pesticides, gasoline or in direct sunlight. Water purification is tricky during an emergency. Plastic jugs are not recommended for reuse, so if you are filling up the same few containers over and over, it may not be that safe to drink. In addition to that, distilled water tastes much better than old bottled water.
One great way to practice survivalist water purification techniques is to go camping. Get a feel for what it is like to use a survival distiller to make water for your family. In the face of adversity, it is difficult to stay calm, but if you’ve practiced and planned ahead, you will be able to rise to the challenge and take care of yourself and your family with full confidence. If you don’t want to go camping, please try it in your own backyard with a propane stove or other safe heat source.
In conclusion, information and preparedness go a long way toward ensuring your family’s safety. If something happened today, would you be ready? Take a moment out of your busy schedule this weekend and go buy yourself a large plastic tote and put all of your emergency items inside. You can put the tote in the closet by your front door, or somewhere else convenient, so that it’s always ready in case you need it. Because clean water is the #1 necessity of all life, we recommend that you add the Survival Still to your emergency tote.