Survival Still, Emergency Drinking Water System Survival Still Emergency Water Purification System Wed, 04 Oct 2017 20:58:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A Note About Online Privacy and Security Wed, 04 Oct 2017 20:58:26 +0000 Emergency preparedness

Today I wanted to write a different kind of post. It has nothing to do with my usual subjects of drinking water, health and preparedness, but rather I want to talk about one of my recent obsessions; internet privacy and security.

I don’t claim to be an expert in this regard, but I have studied this subject like a fanatic lately and I have learned a lot of things. I want to tell you what I have learned, some tools that I have found, and give you resources for learning more about this issue.

FIRST, let’s talk about why you need to care about internet privacy and security. Basically, the internet is broken. It’s full of holes, and your information is out there. I just learned that my information was compromised by the recent Equifax hack, and your information was probably stolen too (you can check here). I never gave my information to Equifax. I’ve never worked with them, but they had all of my information, including my social security number. Now someone else has my information. Also, just today revealed that they were hacked and the thieves got away with information from over 3 BILLION accounts.

This happens all the time, and in my opinion it will happen more frequently from now on.

There are some things you can do to protect yourself. I will start with the basics…

COVER YOUR CAMERA. This seems pretty basic but I think it’s probably the first thing you should do, and it only costs $5. See it here.

INTERNET SEARCH: You probably use Google to search the internet right? Well, they keep track of everything you search and everywhere you go online. If you use however, you are still getting Google’s search results, but StartPage hides your identity. I never use Google anymore, only StartPage.

USE A VPN: Our fantastic (sarcasm) Congressmen are enacting a new law that gives your Internet Service Provider (Verizon, ATT, Spectrum, Cox, etc) full legal rights to watch everywhere you go online and they can sell this information! Legalized invasion of privacy! But there is a way you can protect yourself and make your computer more secure from hackers; a VPN. A VPN is software that makes your online activities invisible to ISPs and hackers, and it makes your WIFI much more secure. All you have to do is install it, and it works in the background. This is the VPN software that I use.

PASSWORD KEEPER: DO NOT USE THE SAME PASSWORD ON DIFFERENT SITES! The only way to properly manage your passwords is a password management tool. Basically it creates long complicated passwords for each site you need to log into, and then it remembers them for you. All you have to do is remember a single password for your password manager. Another benefit these programs provide is protection from phishing attacks. This page explains the different options.

TWO-FACTOR AUTHENTICATION. Most good online services (such as PayPal) offer two-factor authentication. When you login and enter your password, PayPal will then text you a 6-digit code to your phone that you will also have to enter. If an online service gives you the option for two factor authentication, you should do it.

SYNC.COM INSTEAD OF DROPBOX. I have recently changed from Dropbox to for online storage of my files for privacy and security reasons. is a “Zero Knowledge” service, which means that even the company and the employees of the company can’t see what is in your folders. Dropbox employees, on the other hand, DO have access to the files that you upload.

ENCRYPTED EMAIL. Email is a completely unsecure way of communicating, yet it’s a vital part of most people’s personal and business lives. You can however get completely encrypted email services, such as or StartMail.

PRIVACY.COM. A new service I found for online credit card purchases is This service allows you to create virtual visa cards that you can add money to, like a prepaid Visa card, so when you buy something on line you don’t have to put in your real credit card number.

PHONE SETTINGS. Make sure your settings on your phone are set up properly by following this simple guide for iPhones and Android phones.

30-DAY PLAN. There is a LOT more that you can do. Here is a great 30-day plan for getting your online security on track.

I hope you enjoyed this post. I think this is a very important topic, so I encourage you to do more research on this subject. Check out this site and this site (more advanced). If you like podcasts, I recommend you check out the “Complete Privacy and Security Podcast”.

As a final note, I don’t want you to take my word on this subject without you doing your own research. Like I said, I’m not an expert on this subject. I just thought this information would be helpful to you.

Take care and be safe!

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The Real Shocker in August Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:03:21 +0000  

I trust that you are doing well after the horrible August we had. In one month, we had two hurricanes wreak havoc through the Caribbean, Texas and Florida, forest fires ravaged the West and Canada, an 8.1 earthquake struck Mexico, the sun launched some of the largest solar flares towards us in years, and North Korea launched a missile over Japan in its most provocative action yet. Quite an eventful month!

emergency waterBut there is one event that happened in August that hardly got any attention, and it’s by far the most shocking, “Security firm Symantec is warning that a series of recent hacker attacks not only compromised energy companies in the US and Europe but also resulted in the intruders gaining hands-on access to power grid operations—enough control that they could have induced blackouts on American soil at will.

Lights OutI have talked many times about Ted Koppel’s book “Light’s Out” because it outlines the single largest vulnerability of the USA; our electric grid. Never before in history has a nation been so completely dependent upon electricity as we are. We live in a fantastic world of automation. Food and safe water are so plentiful that we never have to think about them. We are spoiled in so many ways, and we take it all for granted. But the truth is, without our electricity we are absolutely helpless. How many people could live through the winter without heat? How would we get food without our wonderful distribution system? How would people ensure their family is drinking safe drinking water if they couldn’t trust their tap water?

As a country, our electric grid is our single biggest strength, and our single biggest weakness.

We are vulnerable to a massive blackout that would cover a multi-State area and could last for months or even longer. This could happen to us in multiple ways; a cyber-attack, an EMP or a very large solar flare. All are very possible, but now the cyber-attack scenario is not a theory anymore. Symantec went on to report that they “found that the hackers obtained what they call operational access: control of the interfaces power company engineers use to send actual commands to equipment like circuit breakers, giving them the ability to stop the flow of electricity into US homes and businesses.”

There’s a difference between being a step away from conducting sabotage and actually being in a position to conduct sabotage … being able to flip the switch on power generation,” says Eric Chien, a Symantec security analyst. “We’re now talking about on-the-ground technical evidence this could happen in the US, and there’s nothing left standing in the way except the motivation of some actor out in the world.

While Hurricane Harvey and Irma were devastating to the regions that we’re hit, the devastating impact on these areas will be nothing compared to a massive, long-term blackout. The reason is simple; when a small localized event happens, such as a hurricane, the rest of the USA can mobilize to help the affected area. This is how our emergency response system is set up.

But if a very large area and millions of people are affected, it becomes extremely difficult, if not impossible to respond effectively to the affected area.

In “Light’s Out”, Ted Koppel says, “There are emergency preparedness plans in place for earthquakes and hurricanes, heat waves and ice storms. There are plans for power outages of a few days affecting as many as several million people. But if a highly populated area was without electricity for a period of months or even weeks, there is no master plan for the civilian population.

This is the real threat to our safety and our way of life, and politicians seem to be completely unaware of this threat. It’s up to you and I individually to be prepared for such an event. And we need to get the word out to as many people as possible about this.

To this end, I have created a new, educational online class called “It’s Been 4 Days Without Electricity. Now What?” I encourage you to watch this online class. See it here.


The Survival Still is the number one product you should own in order to be prepared for an emergency.

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A Personal Note – A Funny Thing Happened to Me on the 4th… Wed, 05 Jul 2017 16:46:54 +0000  

On July 4th, I decided to go over to a friend’s house to watch their CRAZY fireworks display. It was enjoyable until, during one of the barrages of artillery shells, one of the shells decided to change direction – straight into my forehead. I didn’t see it coming, and it nearly knocked me out (see my picture below). A lot of people have teased me for having a smile on my face, as if I was enjoying it. I was, but quite honestly, I think that is my concussion face. I put some ice on it, and enjoyed the rest of the night. Now, I just have a small mark on my forehead.

But here’s the thing, most people were not wearing safety glasses. My 17 year old son was wearing simple sunglasses at the beginning of the night (before my accident), but I told him that they weren’t good enough so I went and bought him the real things. If that would have hit me in the eye, and if I wasn’t wearing safety glasses, my eye would be gone – no ifs, ands or buts. Sun glasses are not good enough!

So let’s hear your funny comments about my picture…wear safety glasses when watching fireworks

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How To Help Others During an Emergency Without Putting Yourself at Risk Fri, 09 Jun 2017 23:25:16 +0000  

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 be much safer if you are surrounded by people who are healthy. Everyone has different skills, and the people you help can in turn help you. A strong neighborhood is a deterrent to looting and chaos. And after the emergency is over, people will remember who helped them.

Red Cross RecommendationsAt the same time, it would be unwise for you to simply give away your bottled water, because you would quickly find yourself in the same desperate situation. Three hundred, half-liter bottles of water may last your family a month, but if you hand them out to everyone in need they could be gone in a single day. So, what to do?

I hate to go back to such a cliché phrase but this sums it up perfectly, “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; show him how to catch fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.

The answer is KNOWLEDGE. You need to educate people on how to provide their family with safe drinking water. One of the overlooked products that we offer is our laminated survival guide called, “How to Treat Water In An Emergency.”

When a disaster strikes, having a supply of safe drinking water will become your top priority.

Emergency Water 101This survival guide walks someone to the steps to purifying water from any source according to Red Cross recommendations for treating water in an emergency. It’s a hugely valuable tool because in an emergency your power may be out and your internet may be down. This means that you need the information at your fingertips. Since it’s laminated, you can store it away and rest assured that it will still be in good condition even if it gets wet.

The reason that KNOWLEDGE is so important, is that each person that you share this knowledge with can then educate other people. Each person will not only be able to protect his or her own family, but friends, loved ones and neighbors. So, by sharing knowledge, you can have a huge impact on your community.

How many of these survival guides should you have?

5-10 FOR YOUR FAMILY. One in each car, in your preparedness supplies and in each bug-out bag.

5-20+ FOR YOUR LOVED ONES. Give one or more to your friends and loved ones.

40-50 FOR YOUR NEIGHBORS AND PEOPLE IN NEED. After a disaster strikes, you need to be able to give people the means to protect themselves without putting their own family at risk.

100+ FOR YOUR CHURCH. By giving the people in your church the knowledge they need, your church can be a center of giving and support for your community.






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NOVA Documentary: Poisoned Water Sat, 03 Jun 2017 21:26:48 +0000 NOVA Flint MI Water

There is a great new NOVA documentary called Poisoned Water. I strongly recommend it. It outlines the Flint, MI water crisis, and the real state of water contamination in the USA. You can see it here.

I want to point out a few things regarding the documentary…

FIRST, years ago when I worked for my father’s company, we spent a lot of time trying to convince school systems of the need to have water distillers to protect their children from lead and other contaminants in the water. A number of schools knew they had high levels of lead in the water, but they really didn’t seem to care. Their solution: have the custodians go to school early and flush out the lines. In other words, just run the water down the drain for a few minutes before letting the kids drink it. Yes, it’s ridiculous. Another disturbing thing was that often the teacher’s lounge had bottled water or a treatment system so they could drink good water, but the kids just had to drink the water from the drinking fountains.

Government coverup

The Mayor of Flint, MI went on morning TV to demonstrate himself drinking the tap water.

SECOND, over the years I’ve noticed the knee-jerk reaction that government officials go to when faced with a problem. Deny. Not just deny, but they go to ridiculous levels to deny the situation. At the 25 minute mark in the video, you will see this in action. But this happens all the time, and it’s not just the USA. When the nuclear reactor in Fukushima Japan blew up in 2011 after the massive earthquake and tsunami, the government went all out to say that everything was fine and that nothing was wrong, even though nuclear experts were on CNN showing pictures showing that the building wasn’t even there anymore! The government officials then went to the area and were seen drinking the water (which the Flint, MI officials also did), even though the water was terribly contaminated. This is not always how events are handled, but it’s surprising how often this happens. My conclusion is that what government officials fear most is a panicked public, and they will do almost anything to prevent panic.

THIRD, the documentary overlooks a couple very important points. 1) They talk about the government providing filters to people to remove the lead. Filters are not very good at removing lead, and indeed they had a lot of problems with the filters they handed out. By far, a better option is distillation, but it’s never mentioned. Yes, it’s more expensive, but it works. You can count on it to provide the highest level of protection against lead and other contaminants. 2) Ripping out all the pipes is actually a ridiculously expensive solution when you consider that only 2% of water that flows through the pipes is consumed. By far, the most efficient solution would be to put a reliable water treatment system in each person’s home to purify only the water that is used for consumption.

FOURTH, the main point that I want you to think about is, “Who is responsible for the health and safety of your family?”. Ultimately, YOU are responsible for your family’s health and safety. Yes, the government should provide an acceptable level of safety of drinking water, but in reality they are restrained by economics, political will, and the realities of this physical world. The government will NEVER be able to protect your family to your standards. You can get in a tizzy about this. You can protest this point, call foul, but it won’t change the facts, ever. You need to protect your family.

FIFTH, while this documentary is about lead in the water, it could very well have been done about pesticides, PCBs or countless other chemicals. I suggest that you review my article titled, “Ask Glenn Meder: Should I Drink Distilled Water Every Day?

I recommend the AquaNui Brand of water distillers, which are made by my father’s business. Before I launched the Survival Still and started my own company, I worked with my father for over 20 years. I know that they are the best distillers on the market and that they are made in the USA by an ethical, fantastic company. I think you will find them to be quite reasonably priced, and surprisingly, even the larger automatic systems are priced lower than a professionally designed filter system.

I personally use and recommend the larger size systems, and I recommend getting a pump with the system so that you can have the water delivered directly to a separate faucet on your sink. An important thing to understand is that it’s not just about drinking pure water, but rather, everything that you CONSUME should be pure. This means that soups, coffee, tea, pasta, rice, protein drinks, and especially baby formula should be made with pure water, which is why I recommend the larger sizes.

If you want to talk to someone about the AquaNui products, call the company at 402-467-9300, extension 327 and talk to Courtney Meder (my sister) who will be able to explain anything about the products and can help you choose the right option.

I am thankful that I am in the position to educate you on water contamination and steps that you can take to protect your family. If you are interested in learning more about my family’s products, please click here. Also, if you are going to purchase a product, use the coupon code 327417 in order to get a discount on your purchase.

I hope this helps you.

Glenn Meder

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Follow Up To My Presentation on The Grow Network Fri, 26 May 2017 14:03:58 +0000  

The Grow NetworkThis is a follow up page for my presentation on Marjory’s “The Grow Network”.

Recently, I did a presentation on Marjory Wildcraft’s “The Grow Network”. The presentation was called “Drinking Water Purity, Protecting Your Family from Contamination”. If you haven’t seen this presentation, please go here.

In the presentation, I promised some follow up items…

  1. Free E-Book about Water in an Emergency (Click here).
  2. An Overview of the Water Contamination Crisis.
  3. My Recommendations for Protecting Your Family.


An Overview of the Water Contamination Crisis:

The only water that my family and I consume on a regular basis is distilled water. This is what we have done for 30 years, and it’s what we will do for the rest of our lives because I believe that the quality (purity) of water that you consume can have a significant impact on your health.

It comes down to this simple question, “Do you think you have a better chance of living a long, healthy life if you avoid consuming chemicals and toxins?” If your answer is yes, then you too should drink only distilled water.

First of all, what is “distilled” water? Actually, there is no such thing as “distilled water”. Water is water. The only difference between different types of water is how clean it is. The only difference between highly contaminated ocean water, for example, and pure rain water are the contaminants that are in the water.

The word “distilled” just describes the method by which the water was cleaned. The process of distillation is usually a very thorough and consistent way to clean water, so it’s considered the gold standard of clean water. “Filtered water”, on the other hand, can describe water that has a huge variability in the water’s purity. Filters are not nearly as effective or consistent as the process of distillation.

So now back to the question, “WHY do I consume only distilled water?”

The fact is, we live in a toxic world, and it’s only getting worse.

Think about it this way; until very recently, humans have lived in a chemical-free environment. Of course, what I am referring to are the highly-refined and very powerful synthetic chemicals that are mainly created from petroleum. The first synthetic chemical from petroleum was created only about 150 years ago. Up until that time, synthetic chemicals simply didn’t exist.

But it wasn’t until about 90 years ago that the modern petrochemical industry was born and these chemicals were mass-produced. At this time, most of our environment was still pristine. There are people still alive (perhaps your grandparents) who drank water that was still untouched by these chemicals.

Within this period of time another thing happened. The human population grew from around 1.7 billion people to over 7 billion! This is an astonishing growth rate! This 500% increase in population drove massive increases in chemical production.

Now over 60,000 different chemicals are in use today. Over 5 BILLION pounds of chemicals are used every year in the USA. These chemicals include solvents, gasoline additives, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and insecticides. By the way, the term ‘cides’ refers to chemicals that are intentionally designed to kill things. They are often made from petrochemicals because these are chemicals that are based on the carbon atom, and all life-forms are based on the carbon atom, thus they are good at attacking living organisms.

These chemicals are widespread, and are now thoroughly spread throughout every part of our environment.  Whether a chemical is burned, dumped, flushed, buried or sprayed it can find it’s way into our streams, lakes and rivers, which is where we get our drinking water.

Recently, the US Geological Survey studied 178 streams across the USA for pesticides. The study showed that every single stream contained at least one pesticide. 20% of them contained more than TEN pesticides. Note that this study was only looking for pesticides and not the countless other types of chemicals in our environment.

Within the next 25 years the human population is expected to exceed 9 billion people. Like it or not, world chemical production will only increase and our world will become more toxic.

But we shouldn’t worry, because the government is ensuring that the water coming out of our tap is safe, right?

Well, it depends upon your definition of “safe”. Seriously!

Survival WaterOne of the most important things that you must understand about water is that when the government says that the water coming from your tap is “safe”, they are using the LEGAL definition of the word “safe”, not the English language definition of the word safe (they never tell you this though).

So, when they tell you that your local tap water is safe, it still may contain dangerous chemicals! Sounds ridiculous doesn’t it? Almost deceptive even. I believe that this practice by the government is the number one reason that people are misinformed about water.

A recent article by the New York Times says this, “Only 91 contaminants are regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act, yet more than 60,000 chemicals are used within the United States, according to Environmental Protection Agency estimates. Government and independent scientists have scrutinized thousands of those chemicals in recent decades, and identified hundreds associated with a risk of cancer and other diseases at small concentrations in drinking water, according to an analysis of government records by The New York Times.

The article then quotes Dr. Pankaj Parekh, director of the water quality division for the City of Los Angeles, “People don’t understand that just because water is technically legal, it can still present health risks”.

Modern water treatment plants were designed primarily to protect against bacteria and parasites (which is hugely important). They are simply not able, however, to provide a high level of protection against the full range of potential contaminants. Especially when you consider that only 2% of the water that is sent through the taps is consumed.

So how dangerous are these chemicals?

We know that of the 830 most common chemicals, many are associated with cancer or other diseases. The majority of chemicals however have unknown affects on our health. This brings us to another important point about water.

survival stillDo you remember the chemical spill that happened in West Virginia earlier this year? Over 10,000 gallons of MCHM leak from a neglected storage tank into West Virginia’s Elk River, just upstream from a major water intake facility. As a result, 300,000 residents were told not to drink, cook with, bathe or even touch the water. Even though this chemical was is in active production and use, there was no publicly released hazard data or evidence of it’s safety.

How can this be? This chemical is one of tens of thousands of chemicals on the market with little or no safety data. The fact is that in 1976, 62,000 chemicals were grandfathered into the TSCA, the USA’s main chemical safety law. What does grandfathering mean? It means that all of these chemicals were simply presumed to be safe by the EPA, which means that the EPA is not even able to determine whether they are dangerous unless they first provide evidence that the chemical may pose a risk. A catch-22.

Now, let’s stay on the subject of this West Virginia chemical spill. It was a huge media event and it was the top story in the news for more than a week. The inference was that this type of chemical spill was a rare event, but is it? Not in the slightest.

After the WV chemical spill, BusinessWeek reported that there were over 3,885 similar chemical spills in the U.S. in 2013! That equates to more than 10 per day in the USA.

Pause for a moment and let that sink in…

Now, let’s take it a step further. This number of 3,885 chemical spills in 2013 is based solely on self-reports of accidents from 76 publically traded companies. So how many unreported chemical spills came from the thousands of other companies? The military? Other government agencies? Twice this amount? Ten times this amount? The answer is simply that no one knows.

water filtersThe most recent example in the news is the EPA’s accidental discharge of millions of gallons of mining sludge into the Colorado River, which is the source of drinking water for a great number of Americans. Again, getting any real data on the contaminants that were released is tough, but it’s clear that this sludge contained very high amount of dangerous heavy metals, including lead, arsenic and cadmium. One test showed that the lead was 3,500 times the maximum permitted level for drinking water. What will the long-term impact be on people’s health? Again, we simply don’t know.

The fact is that we live in a toxic world. The evidence is staggering. And since the world’s population continues to increase while the developing nations of the world become wealthier and demand a higher standard of living this is a problem that is not going away any time soon. For example, in the year 2000 China had 2,000,000 cars on the road, while today they have a whooping 62,000,000 cars, vans, trucks and buses. This shows you how fast the world is changing, and our increasing demand for chemicals.

My Recommendations for Protecting Your Family.

What it comes down to is this; YOU must do whatever you can to ensure that your family drinks the purest water possible. Don’t sit back and rely upon the government, because your standards are different from theirs. You want to protect your loved ones to the highest degree.

There are two primary technologies for purifying water; filtration and distillation.

Filtration, which includes reverse osmosis, is the most popular method because it’s cheap and because the constant replacement of filters is a good source of residual revenue for companies. There is a lot of variability in the performance of filters though. There are many different types of filters, each of which is specialized for a particular type of contaminant, so a good filter solution will include a combination of filters that is designed for your particular water analysis. For this reason, if you want to have a filter solution you should avoid the simple, mass-marketed filters and instead go to a qualified local water treatment specialist and have him design one for your water.

Distillation is recognized as the gold standard for purification, because it is certainly the best way to purify water. A good water distiller will provide broader protection against contaminants in water than filters, and this protection will be much more consistent over time. Note however, that while distillation is typically a very consistent process, there are a number of Chinese distillers on the market that use materials that should not come in contact with high-purity water.

AquaNui_Logo-borderI recommend the AquaNui Brand of water distillers, which are made by my father’s business. Before I launched the Survival Still and started my own company, I worked with my father for over 20 years. I know that they are the best distillers on the market and that they are made in the USA by an ethical, fantastic company. I think you will find them to be quite reasonably priced, and surprisingly, even the larger automatic systems are priced lower than a professionally designed filter system.

I personally use and recommend the larger size systems, and I recommend getting a pump with the system so that you can have the water delivered directly to a separate faucet on your sink. An important thing to understand is that it’s not just about drinking pure water, but rather, everything that you CONSUME should be pure. This means that soups, coffee, tea, pasta, rice, protein drinks, and especially baby formula should be made with pure water, which is why I recommend the larger sizes.

If you want to talk to someone about the AquaNui products, call the company at 402-467-9300, extension 327 and talk to Courtney Meder (my sister) who will be able to explain anything about the products and can help you choose the right option.

I am thankful that I am in the position to educate you on water contamination and steps that you can take to protect your family. If you are interested in learning more about my family’s products, please click here. Also, if you are going to purchase a product, use the coupon code 327417 in order to get a discount on your purchase.

Another option is the Survival Still, which is a non-electric water distiller that I designed and produce. This is an excellent product for everyday use, and it’s also great for emergency situations in which you don’t have electricity. The Survival Still is really solid, made in the USA and it has a lifetime warranty. It’s less expensive than the electric distillers because it does not have the conveniences such as automatic shut off, etc. Use this link and you will get free shipping and a free gift when you order.

I hope this helps you.

Glenn Meder

P.S. Full disclosure, yes I receive a small commission if you follow this link and purchase a distiller, but this commission does not affect the price that you would get the product for. Also, I would recommend these distillers even if I didn’t get a commission because they are simply the best.


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How Prepared Are We As a Nation? Tue, 09 May 2017 00:46:54 +0000  

Survival StillThis past week I had an opportunity to attend a government conference on emergency preparedness in Atlanta, Georgia. In attendance were many local emergency response planners from across the US, as well as officials from the CDC, FEMA and other government organizations. I talked to many people and got some great insights into how prepared we are as a nation, both good and bad. Here’s what I took away from this event…

GREAT PEOPLE. I was very impressed with the people I met. We have to be grateful to the highly qualified, committed people who are working in this field. They take their jobs seriously, are well trained, and are more than willing to support other areas around the country as needed.

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Me with some new friends at the Preparedness Summit!

HUGE AND COMPLICATED. As a small business owner, I sometimes forget how huge our country is. Keeping the country prepared and ready for an emergency is a massively complex job; the number of government departments involved, software programs, product stockpiles, distribution challenges and tens of thousands of people.

OUR GREATEST STRENGTH. We have a number of things that contribute to the preparedness of our country, from the great people, to the excellent training programs and even our wealth, but there is one thing that is more important than everything else; our interconnectedness. The overarching strength of our country’s emergency response is the fact that if one place goes down, countless others can respond to help the affected area. This interconnectedness comes down to one thing: communications.

OUR GREATEST WEAKNESS. Unfortunately, this interconnectedness is also our greatest weakness. The entire system is built on the assumption that an emergency will be localized and that many other places will be able to respond. Take this ability away, and we’re in trouble. This points out our greatest vulnerability is our electric grid. Again, I recommend the book “Light’s Out” by Ted Koppel. This is certainly the most significant threat to our country.

ONE THING THAT SURPRISED ME. I talked for a long time to a gentleman who works for the FEMA and Homeland Security training program. This is the program that trains first responders and other emergency response personnel. What surprised me is that they did not train people on water or water contamination. Nothing. They didn’t even have water training on the curriculum.

TO SUMMARIZE. To summarize, I believe that we, as a country are well prepared for localized emergencies, such as hurricanes, earthquakes, etc. but as Ted Koppel said in his book, “There are emergency preparedness plans in place for earthquakes and hurricanes, heat waves and ice storms. There are plans for power outages of a few days affecting as many as several million people. But if a highly populated area was without electricity for a period of months or even weeks, there is no master plan for the civilian population.”

Yes, there is a real need for individuals to be prepared for an emergency. Hopefully, you will never need it, but if you do take some simple steps to get your family prepared, you will greatly help your family, you will be in a position to help your neighbors, and you will be one less person that our national emergency response team needs to worry about.

The Survival Still is the number one product you should own in order to be prepared for an emergency.

Please share this article with your loved ones!

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Why Be Prepared? Wed, 19 Apr 2017 19:41:56 +0000  

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 themsurvival still 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.

emergency waterSPECIALIZED: Do you have a garden? Do you own chickens? Are you able to cut your own wood and heat your house if the power goes out? No? Don’t feel bad. In our modern world, it’s extremely inefficient to spend your time on the basics of living. Instead, we each have specialized skills and we simply buy the basics of life. By specializing, we are able to earn much more money and have an easier (but not necessarily better) life. This specialization comes at a cost though. We have become COMPLETELY dependent upon the systems that provide us with the basics of life. This is why it’s estimated that more than 90% of people in the US could die if there was a massive, long-term power outage. We simply don’t have the skills to survive without our support systems.

Lights out Ted KoppelINTERCONNECTED: It’s absolutely amazing how interconnected the world is now. If it’s winter in Minneapolis, no problem, just go to the grocery store and buy blueberries from Chile. A shark attack happens in Australia? You could learn about it before it’s even reported on the news. Flip your light switch, and the electricity lighting your bulb came from a coal from a mine in Wyoming, that was transported by train to a power plant in Nebraska and the electricity traveled to your house in thousands of miles of high-voltage power lines. Another way we are connected though is by emergency response. If a tornado hits an Oklahoma town, emergency response comes immediately from all of the surrounding towns and States. But if, for example, a massive power outage were to take out half of the USA, it would be extremely difficult for the rest of the USA to help the affected areas.

ON TOP OF THESE THREE POINTS, consider the current state of the world. Our world is over stressed in every way. You feel it. I think everyone feels it. It’s like rubber bands that are stretched to their limit, about to snap.

  • North Korea is a very dangerous situation. It’s on the brink, and everyone acknowledges that we are dealing with a crazy person – a crazy person who has nukes.preparedness
  • Our tensions with Russia are at an all-time high. Some consider us closer to a major direct conflict with them than even during the Cold War.
  • The US military has been spread way too thin and it’s been trying to do way too much. Our people are tired, our equipment is getting old, and our commitments and entanglements are increasing.
  • The USA is so deep in the debt hole that there is no coming out of it. A collapse of the dollar seems imminent.
  • And on a personal level, people are in debt and struggling to make ends meet.

Like I said, tensions are very high. Rubber bands are stretched to the breaking point. And something could happen.

Again, I’m not encouraging fear, just awareness. We live in an amazing world, but it’s a fragile and tense world. It makes sense to be prepared if something were to happen.survival water distiller

The next question is, “How Prepared Should I Be?”. That will be my next article, but for now, take care of the basics; water, shelter, self-protection and food.

One of the most important things is water. We completely take water safety for granted, but if our water system fails, due to a cyber-attack or massive black out, your water can quickly become dangerously contaminated. The Survival Still is the number one product you should own in order to be prepared for an emergency.

Please share this article with your loved ones!

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What You Need To Know About “Boil Notice Alerts” Sat, 08 Apr 2017 18:47:53 +0000 boil notice

Today I wanted to discuss a particular type of water emergency; a “boil notice” or “boil alert notification”. These notifications happen quite often around the USA (see a recent one here). But there is a very important point that they never tell you. You need to understand what it is.

First, what is a “boil alert notification”? When the water flowing to your tap contains, or is suspected to contain a biological contaminant, such as E. coli, the municipal water company will often (not always) tell you to boil the water before you consume it. Boiling the water will kill biological contaminants, thus eliminating that danger.

It’s important to keep in mind that creating an infrastructure that provides us with biologically safe tap water was a HUGE step forward for public safety. And it’s something that we completely take for granted.

Sometimes however, something goes wrong and biological contaminants pass through the pipes to our faucets, which puts us at risk. The largest such event to happen in recent times was the cryptosporidium outbreak that hit Milwaukee in 1993. Over 400,000 people became ill and over 100 died as a result.

Biological outbreaks can be very dangerous for a few reasons. First, biological contaminants are obviously living organisms, which means that they can grow and multiply. So a few can quickly become many. Second, biological contaminants can make you extremely ill within a matter of days.

But there is one extremely important point that no one ever tells you regarding boil alerts: if you have a filter or reverse osmosis system, your filter (or membrane) is now contaminated with potentially dangerous bacteria. This can be a very serious situation, because the bacteria can become trapped in the filter, but it’s not yet dead. It can grow and multiply, and it can actually grow through your filter and cause a breach. In fact, if bacteria get trapped in your RO System or filter, then grow and multiply, they can then be released into your water in amounts higher than during the actual boil alert event.

Your filter or RO System could be contaminated with bacteria right now without you knowing it. If you’ve ever removed your filter and saw a green or black slime on it, you have a bacteria colony growing on your filter. This could be a reason for mystery illnesses in your family.

So what to do? If you have a filter or RO System and there has been a boil notice, you need to…
1) stop using your filter or RO System immediately until after the danger has passed,
2) remove the filter/membrane and then thoroughly disinfect the system and the lines in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions,
3) after the danger has passed and the system and the lines have been disinfected, replace the filter.

home water distillerAlternatively, instead of using filters or reverse osmosis systems, you could install a good water distiller in your home. This is what I do. Water distillers provide the highest level of protection against the full range of contaminants, including biological contaminants. If you are using a good water distiller, you don’t need to worry about boil notices.

I recommend these water distillers, which are made by my father’s company. Of course, the Survival Still will provide the highest level of protection against biological contaminants too. The difference between the Survival Still and an automated distiller is…

  • The Survival Still is non-electric and can be used with any heat source. It’s specifically designed for emergency situations. It can be used every day if you want to, but remember that it’s not designed for convenience – it’s designed for reliability in any situation. Check out the Survival Still here.
  • The AquaNui Distillers are electric appliances, so they are effective and convenient. They do require electricity to operate, obviously. Check out the AquaNui distillers here.


Also see these articles…

The Best Way To Remove Lead From My Water

Should I Drink Distilled Water Everyday?

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Get Your Priorities Straight! Sat, 11 Mar 2017 02:12:12 +0000  

survival stillEvery 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.”


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 thing you have to do is change how you think, especially when it comes to water.

Contaminated water can debilitate you or even kill you within days. Chemicals can be released in large amounts into your water supply. And bacteria can grow exponentially fast.

Your new priority is drinking water safety. Don’t assume that the water coming from your tap is safe, even if it looks clear and smells fine.

If you used to be picky about drinking only alkaline water, or water that was super oxygenated, or clustered, or harmonically balanced, FORGET ALL OF THIS STUFF. Safety is the only thing that matters.

Your bottled water is worth gold. More than gold! (Hopefully you’ve stockpiled a 2 week supply!)

And chlorine? Chlorine is your friend. It will save your life.

And your Survival Still? Absolutely the most important survival tool you have.

There is a reason that the Red Cross and FEMA don’t include filters and UV lights as part of their core recommendations for treating water in an emergency; you can’t rely on them.

So when an emergency strikes…
1)    Change your priorities!
2)    Remember the Red Cross Recommendations.
3)    Don’t assume your water is safe.
4)    Boil, chlorinate or distill your water before drinking it!

Remember these points, and you will be able to keep your family safe!

And one final reminder, it’s a heck of a lot easier to deal with such situations if you are prepared BEFORE the emergency happens.


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