Our mission at EmergencyWater101.com is to is to educate the public, first responders, and emergency response leaders about safe drinking water in an emergency.
Safe drinking water is something that we take for granted in daily life, but when our infrastructure fails in a crisis situation such as a hurricane, earthquake, massive blackout, or an act of terror, water can quickly become dangerously contaminated. By providing people with trusted, scientifically sound information about this vital subject, we can give people the means to protect their families.
It all comes down to EDUCATION.
Our training starts with the guidelines published by the American Red Cross, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the American Water Works Association (AWWA). These guidelines are solid, scientifically-based and practical. We fully support these recommendations.
These guidelines are a good starting point, but it’s important that you know more. You need to understand…Read More >
Please allow me to make a ridiculously obvious point; being prepared means that you get ready BEFORE an emergency strikes. Afterwards is too late!
It takes some foresight to get prepared, and yes, you may even Read More >
In an emergency, collecting rain water can be a useful way to get pure, safe drinking water. However, there are some things you need to know to ensure its safety.
First, let’s look closer at rainwater. Rain is the source of all fresh water on the planet, including lakes, rivers, streams, glaciers and underground reservoirs. For the most part (I’ll explain in a minute), rain is very pure water.
RAIN WATER’S JOURNEY
So where does rain come from? Most rain starts as highly contaminated ocean water.
Ocean water contains high levels of salt and other contaminants. Ocean water is basically poison to us, thus a person stuck on a raft at sea will often die of dehydration. So how does this water turn into high-purity rain water?Read More >
Our hearts go out to the many people who were affected by Hurricane Harvey. It was a devastating, record-breaking hurricane that poured 11 trillion gallons of water into the Houston area! Now Hurricane Irma, the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic, is bearing down on the Caribbean and looks like it’s headed to Florida.
Here are some quick points to help you deal with Harvey and Irma…
EVACUATE WHEN YOU CAN. The one saving grace of hurricanes is that we can see them coming (unlike an earthquake that takes everyone by surprise). The best way to protect yourself from a massive hurricane is to not be there. Evacuate if it is safe to do so.
BE PREPARED BEFORE THE EMERGENCY. Why is bottled water the first thing to fly from grocery store shelves? Because most people aren’t prepared for an emergency. It does not take a lot of money or time to get prepared, but it must be done BEFORE the emergency hits. Prepared people are in a much better position to stay safe, help others, and not be a drain on emergency resources.
PREPARE IN MULTIPLE WAYS. You never know what you’re going to get with an emergency situation. Your best laid plans can go out the window. The best thing you can do is be prepared in multiple ways. Bottled water is very important, but it’s not a complete solution. You also should have a bottle of bleach, a way to boil water, and a way to distill water. The more options you have, the better off you will be.
THE MOST IMPORTANT TOOL YOU CAN HAVE IS KNOWLEDGE…Read More >