Pure Water Technology

Posted by Surya V on April 25, 2013 0 Comments

PureAirWaterFood announces their superior pure water technology for emergency preparedness situations. Their products are excellent for emergencies, disasters or terrorist attacks.

They offer two amazing products, as highlighted below:

  • Pure Water Mini-Classic CT – This highly compact pure distilled water machine fits conveniently on any countertop. It has a removable boiling chamber that allows for simple cleaning and filling. Its capacity is approximately three liters every three-and-a-half hour cycle. This model is excellent for small families or individuals and is also perfect for RV and camping trips. This product utilizes a steam distillation process that includes evaporation, condensation and precipitation.
  • Survival Still – Eliminating radioactive metals, including cesium and uranium from water sources, this valuable survival tool helps eliminate carcinogens and other unhealthy chemicals from water. Additionally, this high-quality product will turn any water source into one that is sterile. It offers a superior filtration process compared to similar products, offers protection against germs, parasites, viruses and toxins, converts saltwater into purified water, is extremely compact and very lightweight and uses an advanced distillation process. PureAirWaterFood’s Survival Still meets the recommendations set forth by both the Red Cross and FEMA, offers a lifetime warranty and is made in the U.S.A. from American stainless steel.

For the last 40 years, Pure Water has been designing and manufacturing the highest quality and best water purification systems on the market. Their latest introduction, the Survival Still, is being introduced for the first time this year. It is specifically designed for emergency situations, ranging from hurricanes, cyber-attacks and earthquakes to tornadoes. Tested by the experts at the University of Nebraska Water Sciences Group, this product has been given two thumbs up and is proven to produce 99.9-percent high-purity water.

Often people’s water sources can be contaminated not just for days, but weeks or months following a disaster. The Pure Water Mini Classic CT is designed for use within the home, while the Survival Still can easily be used inside or outside the home, including in the great outdoors.

For emergency situations, it is recommended that families store a minimum of 64 ounces of water per person, per day. Depending upon the environment, age, activity, physical condition, diet and climate, this may vary. This amount is also dependent upon additional liquid intake, which includes soups, juices and higher moisture foods. On average, children, elderly, nursing women and people that are ill will require a higher water intake. While government sources recommend storing enough water for three days, many survival sites recommend a minimum two-week supply.

Water can be stored in glass or food grade plastic containers, provided they have tight fitting caps. Containers can easily be washed with dish detergent and water and then rinsed with hot tap water to ensure they are clean and sanitary for water storage.

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Emergency Food Supplies

Posted by Surya V on April 25, 2013 0 Comments

Managing food supplies in an emergency, disaster or terrorist attack is vital to maintaining one’s health.

There are a number of recommendations for properly managing food supplies, including:

  • All food should be kept in covered containers.
  • All eating and cooking utensils should be kept clean.
  • Garbage should be kept in closed containers and disposed of outside, or buried if necessary to limit decay smells.
  • Hands should be washed frequently with pure water that has been disinfected.
  • It is recommended that only pre-prepared products be used for baby formula.
  • If food has been left at room temperature for two hours or more, it should be discarded.
  • Any foods that have an unusual odor, texture or color should be discarded.
  • Canned foods that appear corroded, dented or swollen should always be disregarded.
  • All food should be kept in a dry, cool area. A dark area is highly recommended.
  • Perishable foods should be wrapped in plastic and placed in sealed containers.
  • Open packages of dried fruits, sugar and nuts should be placed in airtight canisters to ensure protection from pests.
  • Before eating any food, it should be thoroughly inspected for any signs of spoilage.

When faced with an emergency, there are a number of alternative cooking sources, including chafing dishes, fireplaces, fondue pots, camp stoves, charcoal grills and gas stoves, which require manual lighting.

If faced with a long-term power outage, people can ensure their refrigerated and freezer foods stay safe by using dry ice, which will help extend food’s life for an additional three to four days. Dry ice should always be handled with care and gloves to ensure no skin damage occurs.

Nutrition is important, especially during a disaster or emergency. Some helpful nutrition tips include:

  • People should prioritize eating one well-balanced meal daily.
  • People should drink enough liquids to allow the body to function properly. This averages around a half gallon per day.
  • Maintaining a proper caloric intake is necessary for normal body functions.
  • Taking mineral, vitamin and protein supplements will help maintain balanced nutrition.

Additional tips include storing a minimum of three days worth of non-perishable food supplies. These should consist of foods that are family friendly or address any required dietary needs. Salty or spicy foods should be avoided, as these require more water intake to process. Selecting high-liquid content canned foods is also extremely beneficial for incorporating additional fluids into meals.

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Managing Water in Emergency Situations

Posted by Surya V on April 25, 2013 0 Comments

Having proper water storage is critical in emergency situations. Having high-purity water is important for proper health and tavoid disease and illness in an emergency situation.

Important water tips for emergency preparedness include:

  • People should be allocated one-half gallon of water per day; however, the amount of pure water varies based on physical activity, age, physical condition, medical issues and the time of year.
  • Water should never be rationed, unless authorities require it. None should ever drink less than a quart of water daily. Limiting activities and not becoming overheated can reduce necessary water intake.
  • Water should never be contaminated and should be treated prior tingestion. A water purification system is recommended, but if one is not available, delay drinking suspicious water but someone should never become dehydrated.
  • Carbonated beverages should be avoided, as these actually dehydrate the body, which ultimately creates a need for more water intake.
  • Water valves should be turned off if authorities notify homeowners that there are broken water or sewage lines.
    1. Once the water is turned off, the remaining water in the pipes can be used by simply allowing air intthe plumbing. Water should only be collected from the lowest faucet, as this ensures less contamination.
    2. Once turned off, the hot water tank can be used by opening the drain, which is located at the bottom of the hot water tank. The water will begin flowing when the water intake valve is turned off and by turning on the hot water faucet.

There are several things that can contaminate water, including microorganisms, cholera, dysentery, hepatitis and typhoid.

There are three main water treatment methods: boiling, chlorination and distillation.

  • Boiling is a safe method for killing microorganisms in water, especially when water quality is questionable. Water should be brought to a rolling boil for one minute and then cooled before being consumed.
  • Household bleach can also kill microorganisms, provided it contains 5.25- to 6.0-percent sodium hypochlorite. Bleaches with cleaners, scented bleaches and color safe bleaches should never be used and since bleach potency decreases over time, only an unopened bottle of bleach should be used for water purification. One-eighth teaspoon of bleach should be added to a gallon of water, stirred and allowed to stand for 30 minutes. This should be repeated in another 15 minutes.
  • Distilling methods help remove chemicals, heavy metals, salt and other microorganisms. Distillation simply involves boiling water, collecting the condensed water vapors and then drinking the pure vapors.

Having an abundant supply of pure water on hand for emergencies is an absolute necessity and helps people maintain necessary health during disasters.

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Basic Emergency Preparedness Supplies Kit

Posted by Surya V on April 25, 2013 0 Comments

There are a number of items that should be included in an emergency preparedness supply kit, which are necessary to ensure survival in the case of a natural disaster, emergency or terrorist attack.

Important survival supplies include:

  • A three-day supply of non-perishable foods is recommended.
  • A minimum water supply for three-days is included and a gallon of water per day, per person is recommended. Water purification is extremely important, as high-purity water will help prevent disease and illness.
  • A portable television or radio that is battery-powered is useful, as emergency notices are aired. Always keep an extra set of batteries on hand.
  • A survival kit should include a flashlight with extra batteries.
  • Having a first aid kit and manual with medical treatment instructions can help save lives.
  • Personal hygiene and sanitation items, including toilet paper and moist towelettes should be stocked.
  • Matches should be stored in a waterproof container.
  • A whistle in emergencies can help notify emergency personnel that are nearby.
  • Layers of extra clothing are necessary.
  • Kitchen utensils and accessories, including a can opener.
  • Photocopies of identification cards and credit card information.
  • Coins and cash currencies.
  • Prescriptions, eyeglasses, hearing aid batteries and medications should be stored in a convenient location.
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers and pacifiers should be readily available.
  • Shoes, mittens, hats, scarves, a warm blanket or sleeping bag are also necessary.

It’s important to maintain a disaster supply kit, ensuring it’s always up to date and nothing is expired.

Some helpful tips for keeping supplies updated include:

  • Canned foods should be stored in a dry place with cool temperatures.
  • Boxed should be stored in metal or plastic containers that are sealed, helping extend shelf life and prevent pest infestations.
  • Canned goods that become corroded, swollen or dented should be thrown away immediately.
  • Foods should be used before their expiration date and regularly replaced with fresh supplies.
  • New items should always be placed at the back of a storage area, helping rotate the older supplies in front so they are not wasted.
  • Water and food items should be rotated every six months. Write dates on containers to help ensure nothing expires.
  • Items should be easily accessible and placed in containers, including duffel bags, camping backpacks or even unused trashcans.

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Introduction to Emergency Preparedness

Posted by Surya V on April 25, 2013 0 Comments

As an introduction to emergency preparedness, this article helps highlight how to create a basic preparedness plan. Citizens need to have a basic plan that helps address how to shut-off household utilities, avoid financial losses, institute basic safety skills, address medical issues and disabilities, take care of pets and how to seek shelter.

What types of hazards do emergency preparedness plans address? A wide variety, including floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and lighting, winter storms, extreme cold, extreme heat, volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides, tsunamis, fires, hazardous material spills, household chemical emergencies, nuclear power plant disasters, terrorist explosions, biological threats, chemical threats, nuclear blasts and radiological exposure.

To develop an emergency preparedness plan, people should analyze the hazards and disasters mentioned in the aforementioned paragraph, note the risk level for their geologic area and make a note how this risk can be reduced. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) also has potential hazard maps for certain areas, helping people address emergency preparedness.

People need to be prepared to face evacuation, which is far more common than most people realize. Local community authorities often have detailed emergency evacuation routes for such cases. It is highly recommended that families keep a detailed record of evacuation routes in the event of an emergency.

Some helpful emergency tips include:

  • Keeping a full tank of gas at all times in a vehicle. Often gas stations are closed during emergencies, including power outages.
  • If someone does not own a vehicle, they need to make emergency plans with friends or local public transportation.
  • Purchase a battery-powered radio, as local evacuation instructions are frequently aired.
  • If instructed to evacuate, do so immediately.
  • Always evacuate early instead of at the last minute. Never take shortcuts, but follow the exact emergency evacuation route, as other roads may be blocked.
  • Never drive into flooded areas or washed-out roads and always stay away from any downed power lines.
  • Having an emergency preparedness plan that includes food and water purification is also necessary. Having high-purity water is necessary to avert potential health problems.

Additionally, both schools and workplaces should have their own emergency plans. Families should keep a detailed plan that highlights escape routes, where to meet in the event of an emergency, natural gas turnoffs, water purification, electricity shut-off, insurance plans, vital records, a detailed inventory of home possessions, important documents, cash and very basic necessities.

To plan ahead, individuals should also consider learning First Aid and CPR, as this is necessary training that helps save lives.

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Emergency Preparedness Plans

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The importance of having an emergency preparedness plan cannot be underestimated, as it can save lives. The benefits of being prepared are proven and include:

  • Reports show that proper emergency preparedness can help reduce anxiety, fear and the losses that are often associated with disasters. There are a number of preparedness plans that should be implemented, including those for communities, families and individuals. Having a plan is important, whether someone is the victim of a fire, tornado, hurricane or an earthquake. It’s important to have an evacuation and refuge plan that includes basic medical care.
  • Reducing the impact of disasters is also helpful, as preventative preparation can help avert severe damage. This includes elevating a home for flood proofing measures and securing items to walls in the event of a massive earthquake.

Natural disasters displace and affect hundreds of thousands of people worldwide every year. Disasters have long-reaching effects, affecting both properties and people. Citizens should never rely solely on disaster-relief organizations, as it can take several days before they can reach those people affected by disasters. It is highly recommended that people be self-sufficient for a minimum of three days if a disaster occurs. This includes having a plan for shelter, food, water purification, sanitation and first aid.

Protecting a family in the event of an emergency is important. To create an effective plan, people need to evaluate the danger signs and risks, purchase necessary homeowner’s insurance, develop an emergency preparedness plan, assemble a supply kit that includes high-purity water and volunteer to help others that are nearby. Having a small, yet effective support system can be extremely beneficial during an emergency.

When an emergency strikes, people need to be prepared to implement and put their plan into action, help neighbors and friends and always follow the advice of community officials. After an emergency, the damaged property should be thoroughly assessed and steps should be taken to prevent any future losses.

Local government offices handle the majority of emergencies, which means that having a community support system is vital. Community organizations typically help assess potential risks and identify possible hazards, enforce required building codes, promote land-use management programs and zoning ordinances, responding to fires and hazardous materials, establishing a warning system, stocking necessary emergency equipment and supplies, offer evacuation programs, help take care of those requiring medical attention, providing shelter and helping aid in recovery efforts.

However, it’s also very important for people to have their own individual preparedness plans. Many government agencies offer detailed guides to help citizens create basic preparedness plans, including those designed for emergencies, disasters and terrorist attacks.

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