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Emergency Survival Kit

Emergency Survival Kit

Emergency Survival Kit

Of course, you can have all the emergency supplies under the sun, but you’ll need to have a portable emergency survival kit handy in case you need to evacuate in a hurry.

An emergency survival kit should cover your basic survival needs: food, water, and shelter. It should also contain essential disaster management tools such as a first-aid kit, a source of light, and methods to survive for up to two weeks.

Did you know that approximately 1 in 4 people who travel for over a week will become ill (some studies show even higher) due to contaminated water?

Contents of First Aid Kit
The lightest, most portable way to store food in your emergency survival kit is to use dehydrated foods. Dehydrated foods are light, compact, and non-perishable, making them perfect for emergencies. If you’re likely to be near water, it could be a good idea to keep a fishing line, hook, and sinker in your emergency survival kit. That way, you can sustain yourself in an emergency.

Access to clean drinking water is essential to any emergency survival kit. The water supply can often become polluted or be cut off during an emergency, so it’s essential to make sure you have a reliable method of water purification to ensure good disaster management. The most portable, reliable method of water purification is the Sure Aqua Survival Straw. The Sure Aqua Survival Straw is light and only slightly larger than a regular straw, making it a perfect, portable option for an emergency survival kit. Should you have sufficient space, the Sure Aqua Survival Jerrycan can provide bacteria and virus free water for a group of people.

The shelter can be tricky when you’re trying to make sure your emergency survival kit remains compact and portable. A good strategy is to store an aluminum blanket in your emergency survival kit.

These blankets are compact, heat resistant can be used to make shelter, and are highly reflective, making it easy for rescuers to spot you.

Try to avoid taking shelter underneath tall trees as branches can fall any time, especially during emergency conditions. The best method of disaster management if you cannot seek shelter in a safe man-made dwelling is to take cover in a natural shelter such as a dip in the land or a rocky underpass.
Naturally, a first-aid kit makes for good disaster management and is essential in any emergency survival kit. As a minimum, a good emergency first-aid kit should contain:

  • Bandages
  • Iodine
  • Steri strips
  • Band-aids
  • Scalpel
  • Rubber gloves
  • Antibiotic cream
  • Antihistamines
  • Painkillers
  • Insect repellent
Survival Kit Sign

Of course, you will need to adapt your disaster management strategy to your personal requirements. For example, make sure your first-aid kit contains an adequate supply of any prescriptive medications you may need, and be careful to keep these inside your emergency survival kit in case you need to evacuate in a hurry. If you live in a particularly hot area, make sure to include sunscreen as well.

 Light is another vital part of any emergency survival kit. A medium-sized wind-up torch is an ideal option. However, if you cannot find a wind-up torch, opt for a regular torch and keep some spare batteries inside your emergency survival kit. A lighter and some matches are also essential as they’ll help you to light a fire, which can attract rescuers, provide warmth, and cook food.

Survival in Tornado area

 What should you store your emergency survival kit in? Don’t go for anything that could burn, fall apart, or be difficult to carry. A small backpack is the best option for most people. Consider investing in a small backpack. The SureAquaPak is a smart option like a container for an emergency survival kit: it’s portable, strong and contains a method of water purification for good disaster management.

Final Say

You never know when you may be impacted by a natural disaster.  It is essential and smart to be prepared,

Why wait..

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Preparing for an Emergency – Survive

Preparing for an Emergency – Survive

Preparing for an Emergency as One Could Strike at Any Time can impact your Survival

When you get up each morning, you never know what the day will bring. A natural disaster can happen at any time, and the same is true of a terrorist attack.  These are two examples of emergencies you need to be prepared for. What can you do to ensure your survival? What is your Emergency Response Plan? There are three major things every person should do, so if the worst does happen, surviving is easier.

Did you know that less than 28% of American’s have not evene a basic emergency kit at home!

The first thing you need to do is be informed. A disaster can strike in many ways. Tornadoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes are the first three that may come to mind. What about a pandemic, though, or a chemical spill that requires you to evacuate or hide in your house? This will require different resources. The same is true of a terrorist attack, which may come in many forms. Know what to do in each situation, and your chances of survival will increase.

Make your own personal Emergency Plan

Once you have learned about the different threats to your survival, you need to prepare for them.  A plan needs to be made based on your risks as they may be different from others. This emergency  plan should be tailored to meet your needs, and it should be designed to protect yourself and your family. The more you are prepared, the easier it will be to get through these difficult times.

The one thing you should ensure is part of your preparedness plan is a way to access clean drinking water.

A minimum of one basic disaster supplies survival kit should be built.

This kit should be assembled before the threat of an emergency, as you may not have time to grab anything when disaster strikes. In this kit, you will need water, food, and other supplies.

Make sure you have enough for a 72 hour period. As you may need to change locations due to the emergency, you don’t want to have to carry water with you.

For this reason, you should look into purchasing a portable water filter.

SUrvival Kit

How much water do you need in an emergency?

Water is essential for human survival, but, during a disaster, clean drinking water may be in short supply.  As experts recommend that you have a minimum of one gallon of water per person in your family per day and a three-day supply, you can see how much storage room this will take.

Certain people, such as the elderly and infants, will need more, and the same is true of you if you live in a warm climate.
Often, you will hear that you should purchase commercially bottled water for this situation (Read our article “Is all water Equal?”) . This water should be stored in the container it came in and should not be opened until you need to use it. If you go this route, you will need to store it in a cool, dry, dark place.

Many find it is easier to make use of a portable water filter. This type of filter will allow you to take water on hand and clean it, so it is safe for drinking. It takes up less space and yet accomplishes the same purpose. In addition, if you buy replacement filters, you will have a water source for longer than three days.

Final Say

Emergencies will occur, no matter how much we prepare.   Make sure you have a survival kit so you can get through this difficult time as easily as possible.   This is one thing you should never leave to chance.

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Emergency Water Filter

Emergency Water Filter

Be Prepared for a Disaster or Emergency

With regular monotonous occurrences, natural disasters are happening in every continent of the world every single day, from typhoons to tornadoes to earthquakes to floods to bushfires that disrupt, injury, damage infrastructures like roads, hospitals, communication systems, and water treatments plants.

Did you know that approximately 1 in 4 people who travel for over a week will become ill (some studies show even higher) due to contaminated water?  

You get house insurance, have Emergency kits, First Aid kits, and Disaster kits for your home, car, and or camper.

So doesn’t it make sense to include a chemical-free water filtration device to allow you to have access to clean, safe water?

The SureAquaCorp product range can help support yours through your hour of need.

An Emergency may not be of the same scale as a natural disaster; it may as small but not less critical of going on a 2-hour walk that lasts 10 hours. At that time, you become dehydrated because you ran out of clean water and didn’t want to risk getting diarrhea or gastroenteritis.

Emergency and Disaster Situations

One of the main infrastructure items that are susceptible to an Emergency or Disaster situation is water supply. In floods, raw sewage can leak into the waterways; In earthquakes water-carrying pipes may break, letting in bacteria and the like into the water system. In tornadoes, city breakwaters break flooding cities.

So why not prepare your family and yourself for in a Disaster or Emergency Situation?

In any Emergency or Disaster kit, you should never ignore one of the essential items, the ability to have access to clean drinking water for up to several months. Imagine how many bottles of water would equate for an average household.

It is estimated that anything up to 280 x ½ litre bottles of water for an 2-week period would be required. I just hope it doesn’t go longer, and all the infrastructure is repaired in that time.

To makes things more complicated, should you have no bottled water, you would have to wait, for how long, for a State Emergency Officer to attend to you firstly than organize adequate supplies if they have it hand Depending on the size of the disaster the volume of bottled water may not be available.

The SureAqua Survival Jerrycan can provide a small compact, lightweight, long term (long shelf life), the product that can be stored easily at home or in the camper in the camper.

The SureAqua will last for many months of use as it filters 40,000 litre (132 gallons), making it an essential element of Disaster or Emergency Kit. The SureAqua products can support you in providing one of the essential elements to keeping healthy after a natural disaster. The provision of safe, healthy drinking water. All our products remove 99.9999% of unwanted bacteria, protozoa’s cysts, like Giardia and Cryptosporidium as well as removing 99.99% Viruses.
Water can be taken from virtually any source, municipal tap water, bottled water, freshwater lake, and creek water filter, and be drunk with confidence that the water is free from waterborne bacteria, parasites, and cysts (oocysts).

It is commonly known that water purification chemicals are not able to kill off the potentially deadly Giardia and Cryptosporidium. Chemicals are not able to penetrate the hard shells of the cysts. Besides the water tasting dreadful, it is ineffective.

Care must be taken, in not too believe that the water is free of bacteria. Giardia and Cryptosporidium cysts when the water is clear and turbid free. These bacteria, cysts, oocysts, and viruses are not able to be seen by the naked eye. They range from 3-15 microns in size, that’s 3-15 millionths of a meter, some 100 times smaller than the thickness of a human hair.

Are you willing to take the risk? You would agree for a very small investment to avoid gastroenteritis, Giardiasis, or Cryptosporidiosis is well worthwhile.

How Can Survival Jerrycan increase access to water in an emergency or disaster situation and reduce Carbon Footprint?

When a person uses SureAqua Survival Jerrycan, this will replace the need to have the energy required to produce and transport 40,000 bottles of water.  

In a major disaster situation, there may require many large air freight cargo planes just to transport the water to the disaster zone.   

If using the SureAqua products, this is almost negligible.

In most disaster situations, access to water is not an issue. Instead, access to clean, safe water is the issue.

 

Due to the size and weight of the SureAqua products, it makes for easy and fast transportation and distribution.  This directly results in faster access to water for those in disaster situations. 

 Another differentiator is the green aspect. Assuming you required 100 bottles of water during the period, each plastic bottle creates approximately 1,000 grams of carbon gas, equating to 100 kg of carbon gas compared to 2,50 kg to make each SureAquaCorp product.  A massive differential! 
This is not even mentioning the requirement to dispose of the bottle rubbish generated.

The SureAquaCorp product range makes sense at all levels.  Why wait?

Final Say

It makes so much sense to be prepare and purchase a lifesaving device in readiness of the potential disaster than potentially happen tomorrow.

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Emergency Supplies – What are your water needs

Emergency Supplies – What are your water needs

Emergency Supplies – Need to consider your drinking water needs

Natural disasters seem to be more and more common, so if you live in an area prone to floods, tsunamis, bushfires, cyclones, earthquakes or tornados you’ll want to make sure you have the necessary emergency supplies to protect you and your family.

Keep your emergency supplies in a secure, easy-to-access place. Although it might seem tempting to put them away somewhere where they are out of the way, you don’t want to be climbing up to the attic if the roof is being blown off. Go for a kitchen or laundry cupboard and have a basic survival kit stored somewhere else just in case.

In an emergency, it’s likely that you’ll require several basic emergency tools. Swiss Army Knives and multitools are extremely handy emergency tools and can be shoved into your pocket if you need to evacuate. It’s good to keep a brightly coloured tarpaulin or several brightly coloured garbage bags close by in case you need to attract attention.

A heat source is another essential to your emergency supplies. Having at least one reflective aluminium blanket is a good idea: they fold up into a very small package, are warm, fire resistant and are a good way of signalling for attention. Light, woollen blankets and a portable camping stove are also good emergency tools.

 Of course, non-perishable food is an absolute must in any emergency supplies cupboard. A good guide is to have enough food to last your family for 14 days. Canned foods are always good (make sure you have an extra can opener), as are dehydrated camping meals. Dehydrated camping meals can offer nutritional value that canned foods can’t and usually only require hot water to rehydrate. Even though the your foods are non-perishable, it’s a good idea to rotate your food supplies every year or so to make sure it’s fresh enough to eat in case of an emergency.

Water is extremely important, and all emergency supplies should include access to water and a good supply of water filtration devices for various situations. In many emergencies, the water supply can be cut off or become highly polluted. Investing in a few purification methods can offer peace of mind and ensure your family is safe no matter what the emergency. 

The SureAqua product range is a great emergency tool for most emergencies as it provides portable, potable, purified drinking water as you need it. The SureAqua aw is an ultra-portable option, which is a good idea to keep in your emergency supplies cupboard in case you need to evacuate and cannot carry water with you. The SureAqua products give you the freedom to drink from any water source and not get sick. It is also vital that you don’t forget to store some water in case your water supply gets cut off. The SureAqua Lab is a great storage device because it also acts as a water filter in case you need to grab it and run.

Any disaster can take you away from your home, so it’s vital to keep some basic form of shelter in your emergency supplies kit. A lightweight tent is best, but you could even make do with a sizeable tarpaulin, some sting, and some pegs.

Of course, one rarely considers that communication would ever be an issue in an emergency. However, if your mobile phone and computer break down (perish the thought) you won’t just be able to send a text or log onto Facebook and ask your friends to come and find you. Instead, you’ll need some old-school methods of communication in your emergency supplies kit. Emergency tools like a whistle, mirror, flare, compass, pencil, and paper are essential to any emergency supplies kit. With these, you can help rescuers to find you even if all technology breaks down.

Of course, a basic first-aid kit and sanitary products are also vital emergency supplies.

Drinking Water Quality – Bad Quality Water

Drinking Water Quality – Bad Quality Water

Drinking Water Quality – Bad Quality Water

Water quality is questioned more and more, as it should be. As towns and cities grow the demand on infrastructure becomes stretched to and past the limits.

We need to be aware of the challenges and educate ourselves accordingly. This includes being prepared according for when notification of contaminated water might be made.

Questions around this would include local conditions and the type of incidence that might occur and the resulting contamination that you would need to address in your water to be able to drink it safely.

When familiar with the SureAqua range, you may also be able to review the volume of water that you store from a disaster preparedness angle. If you live in an area where flooding is common, you may be able to source flood water and use the SureAquaJerrycan, therefore, reducing the need to store high volume water.

The SureAqua range of products can address microbiological contamination like no other product, you will not question your water quality when using the products

Our earth is covered by around 70% of water, of that 70%, only about 1% that is drinkable. Of all water being consumed by people about 95% ends up in our sewage system. As consumers of water, our water consumption is up 100% in the last 30 years.

In that time, we have increased our pollution by more than 350% per person, we have removed enormous areas of forests, we have increased our heavy industry by more than 2 fold, and quadrupled the number of motor vehicles, as well as our population, is growing at a rapid rate.

It is no wonder that our earth has more and more issues with challenged water quality.

Many recent surveys and reports have attributed liver damage, cancer, arthritis and many other diseases less than effective water purification systems.

Latest US water supply reports have shown that approximately 65% of town water supplies has some form of unacceptable (EPA levels) levels of contamination. Most town water supplies have elaborate water purification and filtration systems to remove and destroy unwelcome contaminants.

There is a large number of bacteria, oocysts, cysts and virus that contaminate our water, many are caused by human invention. This can be from sewage effluent to industrial pollution to toxic rain

Some of the main culprits in todays water impurifications include; Giardia lamblia, Cryptosporidium, Leptospira (leptospirosis), Vibrio cholerae, salmonella, Clostridium botulinum (botulism), pathogenic viruses, the larvae of flukes. Each can have devastating, if not fatal effects on humans if not effectively treated..

What about heavy metals is water?

Heavy metals in water can lead to some very serious side effects including brain damage, development of autoimmunity, rheumatoid arthritis, kidney, and nervous system diseases. When we refer to heavy metals we normally refer to toxic metals. These, in most, originate from industrial & urban runoff; that is from roads and house roofs; factory outputs; industrial wastes, garbage tips, coal burning, waste incinerators, mining.

There are over 50 plus heavy metals elements. Of that, there are 18 that are considered toxic. Mercury, selenium lead, cadmium, chromium, thallium, and arsenic are the worst of the heavy toxic metals that should be avoided at all costs. Other heavy metals that are required in very small dosages, 1 µg or less per day by the human body include zinc, copper, and chromium, though in large dosages can be fatal.

These heavy toxic metals are considered as dangerous as they bioaccumulate in the body. That is, they build up faster than they are removed through human excretion, This build up that causes much of the damage to humans.

Even though toxic heavy metals are a lesser concern compared to bacteria followed by viruses, it should not be discounted as there have been some majors water disasters attributed to heavy metals. Some more prevalent ones have been in France (Sandoz), Spain (Coto de Donana) and Australia (Sydney).

It’s not only the water you should be concerned about drinking, fruit, vegetable, grains, seafood, and shellfish can also contain toxic metals and bacteria as the water used to grow the plants or the seafood is contaminated and polluted.

How does contamination get into our water supplies?

There are a large number of ways the contamination enters our water supplies, these include

• Toxic incinerators, coal-burning plants
• Industrial wastes (Process wastes from mining and industry)
• Garbage dumps
• Road run-offs
• City smog caused by car fumes
• Animal Droppings