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Access to Clean Safe Water after a Natural Disaster Incident

Access to Clean Safe Water after a Natural Disaster Incident

Access to Clean Safe Water after a Natural Disaster incident

We can add one more thing to what we are going to experience in life other than death and taxes. It’s a natural disaster.

It is has been stated by the UN that 300 million people each year around the world will be impacted severely by some form of a natural disaster. Of that, some 50 million people will be displaced. With more and more information being available, it can be safely predicted, increasingly more areas and people will be severely impacted by a natural disaster. For example, countries, where monsoons are prevalent, are also at high risk of landslides and/or flooding.

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?  

So much water not able to drink a drop

Knowing this, we must prepare ourselves to be equipped to manage natural disaster situations more vigilantly and effectively when they occur.

Access to Water during Disaster and Emergency Situations

Generally, within disaster situations, there is abundant water. This water, however, is undrinkable due to contamination. Natural disasters, whether in the form of flooding, earthquakes, tsunami, or landslides, have a dramatic impact on the quality of water available.

Vast numbers of people become extremely ill after a natural disaster incident because of the need to drink contaminated water out of necessity.

Resulting from our poor environmental management even our underground water supplies are contaminated making it also undrinkable

Look at the recent natural disaster event’s in Haiti, Samoa, India & Philippines all these places have access and ample water, but it is undrinkable because it cannot be treated due to damage to the infrastructure, including water filtration plants, or no power is available to run the plants or access to spare parts to repair the plant. 

the only water to drink

All countries treat town water to various degrees taking out deadly bacteria’s of the like E. coli, Salmonella, and Shigella, protozoa’s such as giardia, cryptosporidium, and virus of the like Hepatitis A. However, as stated, it is not possible during the effects of a disaster to maintain this service.

Sure Aqua Products provide a means of drinking water that is at hand in disaster situations, turning this contaminated water into filtered safe water immediately.

Access to Clean Safe Water

It is well documented and recognized that almost 70% of the global drinking supply is contaminated to some degree, making it extremely risky of becoming infected by some bacteria, protozoa, or viral contamination. It is not advisable for anyone to drink directly from any water catchment area.

Increasing high risk of people being affected by a natural disaster is increasing rapidly

As a direct consequence of the growing population, the impact of natural disasters is becoming rapidly, worse. This is because the less wealthy are forced to live on hillsides that are susceptible to landslides, low lying areas prone to flooding, build housing that is fragile or unstable, close to active volcanic areas, next to river dykes and dam walls and or live in extremely high-density areas which are significantly impacted with any size of a natural disaster.

Research has shown that countries, where there has been a greater environmental degradation, such as land clearing, deforestation, erosion, over grazing, incorrect agricultural practices, amplify any natural disaster!

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Distribution of Aid

In natural disaster relief, one of the most significant issues is the delivery and distribution of aid. In natural disasters situations, the local infrastructure is devastated with roadblocks, train lines broken, airports runways damaged, ports wharfs destroyed, telecommunications infrastructure ruined, making it hard to distribute by normal means. Often airdrops are initially required to distribute in essential supplies.

The cost of distribution of aid is very expensive. Much aid is very voluminous and heavy, especially water. Imagine if the distribution of water, equating to many thousands of tones and cubic metres is no longer required. Imagine if food and shelter are distributed along with a lightweight, portable water solution.

Difficulty in distribution of Aid

Loss of Life can be prevented

The range of SureAqua products is ideal for use in natural disaster situations. These products can be stored for many years and quickly easily transported and delivered to remote, inaccessible disaster-stricken locations; by airdrop; and without being damaged.

The SureAqua products have some unique features, being extremely small and lightweight, chemical-free filtration, removes bacteria, protozoa’s and virus (product dependent) hence making it safe for all people to use, has an inbuilt designed safety shut off mechanism, SafeAqua Products have a long shelf life and are not temperature sensitive (allowing ease of storage) and is very affordable.

Final Say

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

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Emergency Survival in Life Threatening Incidents

Emergency Survival in Life Threatening Incidents

Emergency Survival

Emergencies can be complete chaos. An Emergency Survival Plan is a critical

The first few minutes are complete mayhem.  It can be disorientating.  It can be confusing.  Panic normally happens.  So much depends on the first few minutes and actions that you take.  It could be the difference in life and death.  For this reason alone, everyone should have an Emergency Survival Response plan.However prepared you are, it will always be a shock, and many people lose their composure, clouding their judgment, and affecting their ability to take responsibility, considered actions. When it comes to emergency survival, it’s just as essential to be mentally and emotionally prepared as it is to have all the right supplies.

Did you know almost 90% of all declared natural disasters are floods?

child see home destroyed
Of course, every emergency is different, and so there is no absolute formula for what to do. However, some things are universal to all emergencies.

Emergency Survival Strategy 

  1. Remain calm: This may sound the most infuriating advice for a stressful situation, but emergency survival relies heavily on your ability to remain calm and make considered decisions. If you can stay calm, it is likely your family will feel calmer too. 

  2. Work out your choices: You should quickly consider how extreme the emergency is and whether or not it is necessary to evacuate. Be emotionally prepared to leave your home if it is the safer option: your possessions are not worth your life.
  3. Alert emergency services: Call 911 if in the United States or 000 if in Australia to request the police, fire brigade or an ambulance. Try to communicate slowly and clearly. Alert emergency services as soon as possible, as they can often take some time to get to you.
  4. Treat the injured: Make sure you have adequate emergency supplies to hand, and work quickly to make sure all injured people are in a stable condition for adequate emergency survival. To be mentally and emotionally prepared to treat others, it’s a good idea to do a basic first-aid course.
Emergency Survival

Of course, each different type of emergency requires a different emergency survival plan.

In case of a fire, make sure you have several unobstructed escape routes. Keeping a fire ladder nearby is also a good idea. Make sure your family knows where the escape routes are and have a pre-determined meeting point away from the house if there in case of a fire. If you have children, teach them that smoke rises, so the ‘get down low and go, go, go!’ motto can be quite useful. Of course, have an emergency survival kit[ready in case you need to evacuate quickly.

Emergency survival in an earthquake is a different matter altogether. Most injuries that occur in earthquakes happen as the result of falling furniture, fire, or gas leaks. To prepare your house, attach shelves, cupboards, fridges, and televisions as securely as possible to the floor or walls. Also, make sure any gaseous items (stoves, water boilers, air conditioners, gas bottles, etc.) are safe and secure.  When the earthquake strikes, be emotionally prepared to gather your family in a central room that has been optimized for harm minimization.

 

Final Say

Emergency survival relies not only on emergency supplies but also on being emotionally prepared for a disaster to occur and having a good knowledge of what to do in a dangerous situation.

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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.

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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.

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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