Survival Still, Emergency Drinking Water System http://survivalstill.com Survival Still Emergency Water Purification System Fri, 09 Jun 2017 23:28:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 How To Help Others During an Emergency Without Putting Yourself at Risk http://survivalstill.com/helping-others-during-an-emergency-without-putting-yourself-at-risk/ http://survivalstill.com/helping-others-during-an-emergency-without-putting-yourself-at-risk/#comments Fri, 09 Jun 2017 23:25:16 +0000 http://survivalstill.com/?p=3722  

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.

WE ARE RUNNING A SUMMER SALE ON BULK ORDERS OF THIS SURVIVAL GUIDE NOW. CLICK HERE.

 

 

 

 

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NOVA Documentary: Poisoned Water http://survivalstill.com/nova-documentary-poisoned-water/ http://survivalstill.com/nova-documentary-poisoned-water/#comments Sat, 03 Jun 2017 21:26:48 +0000 http://survivalstill.com/?p=3716 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.

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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 http://survivalstill.com/follow-up-to-my-presentation-on-the-grow-network/ http://survivalstill.com/follow-up-to-my-presentation-on-the-grow-network/#respond Fri, 26 May 2017 14:03:58 +0000 http://survivalstill.com/?p=3697  

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.

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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? http://survivalstill.com/how-prepared-are-we-as-a-nation/ http://survivalstill.com/how-prepared-are-we-as-a-nation/#comments Tue, 09 May 2017 00:46:54 +0000 http://survivalstill.com/?p=3690  

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.

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Why Be Prepared? http://survivalstill.com/why-be-prepared/ http://survivalstill.com/why-be-prepared/#respond Wed, 19 Apr 2017 19:41:56 +0000 http://survivalstill.com/?p=3661  

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.

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What You Need To Know About “Boil Notice Alerts” http://survivalstill.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-boil-notice-alerts/ http://survivalstill.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-boil-notice-alerts/#comments Sat, 08 Apr 2017 18:47:53 +0000 http://survivalstill.com/?p=3648 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! http://survivalstill.com/get-your-priorities-straight/ http://survivalstill.com/get-your-priorities-straight/#comments Sat, 11 Mar 2017 02:12:12 +0000 http://survivalstill.com/?p=3638  

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.”

This is a crucial point for you to understand, WHEN AN EMERGENCY HAPPENS YOUR PRIORITIES MUST CHANGE, IMMEDIATELY!

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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The Hierarchy of Water Needs http://survivalstill.com/the-hierarchy-of-water-needs/ http://survivalstill.com/the-hierarchy-of-water-needs/#comments Mon, 06 Feb 2017 21:02:41 +0000 http://survivalstill.com/?p=3626  

A very important point to understand about purifying water in an emergency is that you don’t have to purify all of your water to the same degree. I call this the “Hierarchy of Water Needs”.

Think about the different uses for water…
non-electric water distillerAt the top of the list is drinking water for infants, newborns, young children, the elderly and immune compromised people. Do you remember the cryptosporidium outbreak in Milwaukee in 1993? Over 100 people died from that incident, and most of the deaths were the very young, the elderly or people with compromised immune systems. Use only the highest purity water with absolute certainty of biological protection, or in other words, use distilled water or a large name bottled water, such as SmartWater or AquaFina. Avoid other types of water if at all possible.

Also at the top of the list is water for medical purposes. See the previous recommendations regarding water quality.

Next, and still extremely important, is drinking water for adults. It’s very important that you protect yourself from the different types of contaminants that can be in your water. This is especially true in an emergency situation, because the infrastructure that keeps us safe can fail in an emergency, possibly allowing dangerous levels of biological, chemical and even radioactive contaminants in the water. Again, you should use distilled water or bottled water. If your source water seems to be quite clean and there are no chemicals or heavy metals in the water, you may be able to drink water that has been properly boiled or chlorinated, according to the Red Cross recommendations.

emergency waterWater for cooking is also important. If you are cooking soup, pasta or vegetables directly in water, this water will end up being consumed, so take care to have good quality water. Of course, always start with the cleanest water available and as long as there are no chemicals or heavy metals in the water, prolonged boiling may be sufficient. If you are worried about the quality of your source water, you can filter the water first, with a good filter, such as a Berkey or Katadyne, or use distilled or bottled water.

Next comes water for hygiene purposes. It’s important to wash your hands and other parts of your anatomy in order to keep clean and not spread germs. It’s very important to use chlorine in this instance, because chlorine has a residual disinfection effect. Start with the best water you have available, filter it or even boil it if needed, and then add chlorine to the water in accordance to the Red Cross recommendation.

Water for cleaning surfaces. Cleaning tables, dishes, cutlery, toilets, etc is also very important, because you may find yourself in unsanitary conditions (toilets don’t flush). In this case you want to use chlorinated water, but since you aren’t consuming this water you will be able to use a higher concentration of chlorine in this water. I recommend these guidelines.

To produce distilled water in an emergency, I recommend the Survival Still.

Click here to see my advice on bottled water.

I recommend that you print this article out for your records.

Glenn Meder

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Water and Your Child’s Health http://survivalstill.com/water-and-childrens-health/ http://survivalstill.com/water-and-childrens-health/#comments Sat, 14 Jan 2017 01:42:57 +0000 http://survivalstill.com/?p=3619  

Today I want to talk about the single most important issue when it comes to water purity; children’s health. I think you will agree that there is nothing more important than protecting your child from potentially dangerous toxins. children lead in the water

One way that some children ingest toxins is simply by consuming city water because many water systems across the country have been found to contain harmful chemicals. Unfortunately it’s very hard to get accurate information, so hopefully this article will help you.

WHY ARE CHILDREN MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO TOXINS?
While it’s important for people of all ages to avoid chemicals, it’s especially important for infants and children. The fact is that children and infants are more susceptible to harmful contaminants that could be found in tap water. Here’s why…

GREATER EXPOSURE: Infants and children consume more than twice as much water for their size as adults do, which means that their exposure to contaminants in water is considerably greater.

LOWER BODY MASS: Children and infants have a much lower body mass, which means that toxins build up in their bodies faster.

UNDEVELOPED IMMUNE SYSTEM: Children’s immune systems are not as developed as adults so they don’t have strong defenses against contaminants. Contamination outbreaks are considerably more dangerous for children than for adults.

STILL DEVELOPING: Unlike adults, children’s bodies and brains are still going through critical developmental stages. Many chemicals have been linked to developmental problems that interfere with critical growth stages.

EVEN SMALL AMOUNTS: Even small amounts of contaminants are now thought to be dangerous to children and can be a real factor in long-term illnesses.

QUOTE FROM THE EPA
I want to start with a quote from a report published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “the contaminants in drinking water are quite varied and can cause a range of diseases in children, including cancer, developmental effects such as learning disorders, and acute diseases such as gastrointestinal illness.”

Sounds bad, but fairly vague, so let’s get into a real-life example…

FLINT, MI.lead in the water children
The lead in the water in Flint, MI is probably still in everyone’s mind. There was a lot of hype about this incident. It was headline news for weeks and there was a very political town hall meeting on MSNBC.

Lead is just one of the many, many potential contaminants that can be in water of course, but it’s a great example of how dangerous toxins can be. Lead is bad. And yes, lead is dangerous to everyone, even adults, but it’s especially dangerous to children, infants and unborn babies.

Even at small doses, lead can interfere with brain development in children, reduce IQ, and cause attention disorders and learning disabilities. And this damage is irreversible!

The families in Flint, MI did nothing wrong. They were simply living their lives, and then one day they found out that they had been poisoned for the past year. A number of children were found to have lead poisoning. For those families, this is a tragedy.

IS THERE GOOD SIDE TO THIS EVENT?
But I want you to think about the good side of this event. At least they learned about it. They were able to change water sources and children born since that time were given different water to drink. The real tragedy is that there are many people and children who drink water contaminated with lead or other toxins every day, and they never learn about it. So the problem compounds and continues when it doesn’t have to.

THE PROBLEM IS BIGGER THAN MOST CAN IMAGINE
After the Flint, MI tragedy, USA Today did an investigation and published an article that reported, “While a harsh national spotlight focuses on the drinking water crisis in Flint, Mich., a USA TODAY NETWORK investigation has identified almost 2,000 additional water systems spanning all 50 states where testing has shown excessive levels of lead contamination over the past four years”.

The article went on to say, “The water systems…collectively supply water to 6 million people…Many of the highest reported lead levels were found at schools and day cares. A water sample at a Maine elementary school was 42 times higher than the EPA limit of 15 parts per billion, while a Pennsylvania preschool was 14 times higher, records show. At an elementary school in Ithaca, N.Y., one sample tested this year at a stunning 5,000 ppb of lead, the EPA’s threshold for “hazardous waste.

These are shocking numbers. Think about the children who are having their lives permanently altered, and they don’t know it.

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY WATER IS CONTAMINATED?
You don’t. Nor does the government. You can get your water tested, but remember that a test is just a snapshot in time. In Flint, MI the water was good one day and the next day it wasn’t. The other thing to realize is that a test won’t test for every different possible toxin.

EMERGENCY SITUATIONS
What I’ve talked about until now is everyday drinking water contamination. But it’s also important to think about emergency situations, such as an earthquake, hurricane or long-term power outage. In such situations, water contamination can be much more serious because the infrastructure may fail, and tap water can be contaminated with sewage water, which can result in dangerously high bacteria levels. But an emergency situation can also cause chemical pipelines and storage tanks to rupture, thus releasing large amounts of these chemicals into the environment. This is a very dangerous situation, and again, children are at a higher risk.

The good news about an emergency situation, is that many times it’s obvious when it occurs so you have warning about taking extra precautions (as long as you’ve prepared and have a way to provide your family with safe drinking water).

WHAT’S THE SOLUTION?
The answer is simple, make sure that all of the water that your child consumes is as pure as possible. How do you do this?

Well first, it’s obvious that simply trusting in the government to provide you with safe drinking water is not the answer. This is what most people do though.

The second option is to use a filter or reverse osmosis. The fact is however, that filters and reverse osmosis are simply not able to provide effective protection against chemicals and other contaminants such as lead in the water. Filters and reverse osmosis systems produce variable and temporary results, you never know what you are getting out of them, and they are not recommended by the Red Cross or FEMA for use in an emergency situation.

emergency waterThird, and the best solution by far is a well constructed water distiller. Distillation, unlike filters, produces consistent results on the broadest range of contaminants. This means that, except in extreme cases, you don’t need to get your water tested before you install a distiller. Distillation is the single best method for purifying water that there is, it’s the gold-standard for water purity and it’s recommended by top doctors and nutritionists such as the bestselling author Dr. Andrew Weil. In addition, distillation is even recommended by the Red Cross and FEMA for use on dangerously contaminated water For everyday drinking water, I recommend and use AquaNui Distillers. I can’t recommend them enough.

As a final note, for emergency situations, everyone should have a Survival Still. It is the most effective emergency water distiller on the planet.

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A Clarification of My Position on Bottled Water http://survivalstill.com/a-clarification-of-my-position-on-bottled-water/ http://survivalstill.com/a-clarification-of-my-position-on-bottled-water/#comments Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:11:33 +0000 http://survivalstill.com/?p=3611 emergency bottled water
One of my core recommendations for being prepared for a water emergency is to have an adequate supply of bottled water on hand. Bottled water is very important, for reasons I will share. But every time I recommend bottled water I inevitably get some people who respond and proclaim that bottled water is the devil and I must be getting money from the bottled water industry for promoting them. I also hear from people who don’t like their water coming in contact with plastic, and there are other people who complain about the brands that I recommend.

I want to set the record straight and cut through any issues you may have with bottled water. And also, before we go any further I want to say that no, I don’t receive any money from the bottled water industry. So with that out of the way, here’s what you need to know.

WHAT DO I RECOMMEND?
In brief, I recommend that you store one gallon per day per person for at least fifteen days. I recommend the small, half-liter plastic bottles and my preference is AquaFina brand. To see my specific recommendations, go here.

WHY DO I RECOMMEND BOTTLED WATER?
Bottled water is quick, easy and reliable. It’s a great way to store water, distribute water and keep an inventory of how much water you have on hand. Bottled water is hugely important when you need to focus on urgent issues and you don’t have time to produce your own safe water. For example, let’s say there is a massive earthquake, roads are blocked and you have to get your children from the daycare center that is two miles away, while your husband has to help a neighbor who is injured. In such a scenario, you don’t even want to think about producing water. You just want to grab what you need so you can stay focused.

KEEP YOUR PRIORITIES STRAIGHT!
If an emergency strikes and our infrastructure fails, the rules of the game of life have suddenly changed. You MUST change your priorities and adapt to your new situation quickly, and if you don’t you will be putting your family’s lives at risk. Let me give you three examples…

  1. If the grocery store is stripped bare and your options for food at greatly limited, are you going to stick to buying only organic apples, or would you settle for regular apples?
  2. If there is a two hour wait for gasoline at your local gas station, are you going to insist on only buying premium octane gasoline, or would you settle for whatever octane you can get?
  3. For this third example, let’s say you are in India, amid the tremendous crowds of people who live in poverty and with minimal infrastructure. In this situation, are you going to stick to your guns and drink the water coming from the tap because bottled water is bad for the environment, or would you drink bottled water?

If you complain to me about what brand of water I recommend or if you insist that you don’t want to contribute to the environmental pollution of bottled water, or if you don’t want to use plastic, you are not properly adjusting your thinking to the reality of a life or death emergency situation. You are focused on 1st World problems. Think about Hurricane Katrina. The people of New Orleans were thrust into a situation in which the water was as bad as the worst 3rd World country.

THE BRAND OF BOTTLED WATER.
I recommend AquaFina brand of bottled water, because it’s good water, they have good quality control procedures, it’s cheap and it’s widely available. You can use any well-known brand of bottled water though.

BUT ISN’T AQUAFINA A SCAM BECAUSE IT’S JUST PURIFIED TAP WATER?
Last time I sent out an email recommending AquaFina, I received an article from someone that called AquaFina a scam because it’s just purified tap water. Ok, let’s get something straight. Water is water; the only difference between different types of water is the contaminants that are in the water. The water you are consuming now, may very well have been consumed by another person before. Yes, that means that it went into their body and was expelled through sweat, urine or feces – and now you are drinking it! In fact, depending upon where you live, the water in your body could have been in someone else’s body last week.

But that’s Ok, because that is how our world works. Water circulates. It’s constantly in motion. What you need to be concerned with is, “is the water safe and pure?”

People who call bottled water a scam because it’s just purified tap water don’t know anything about water.

THE BENEFITS OF PLASTIC.
Plastic is good for our purpose. We want to have a supply of safe, high-purity water for a long time – and plastic does a good job at this. Yes, high-quality glass would be the most inert material for coming in contact with your water, but glass is completely impractical for an emergency situation because it’s heavy and surprise, it breaks! Plastic bottles are the way to go for an emergency.

IN SUMMARY
Understand that my recommendations are based on what you should do in an emergency situation. For your everyday life you can be concerned about the environment and potential endocrine disrupters from plastic, but in an emergency you need to keep your priorities straight.

Yes, bottled water should be a key part of your preparedness plans.

Yes, AquaFina is a good brand for our purposes, but by all means choose your favorite brand of bottled water.

No, bottled water is not a complete solution for being prepared. You also need a means to purify your own water. The Survival Still is the best option for purifying potentially dangerously contaminated water.

I hope this article was helpful for you. Leave comment below if you have questions.

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