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    On Friday, June 28th, Lindon, Utah, a town of about 10,348 inhabitants, issued a drinking water restriction for its residents because an E. coli outbreak was discovered in the city’s water system. Since Emergency Essentials headquarters is located in Orem, Utah, right next door to Lindon, this E. coli outbreak hit rather close to home for some of our employees.

    On Friday night, I watched Utah’s ABC 4 news report about the E. coli outbreak. Reporters stated that city officials say that the entire water system would have to be flushed out and every tank and pipe in the city would have to be disinfected. The city issued mandatory boil order for its residents until the water was cleaned and the restriction was lifted on June 30th.

    This mandatory water restriction/boil order raises some interesting questions for emergency preparedness. How common and realistic is this scenario? What would you do if a water restriction was issued in your area? Have you already experienced this?

    The Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued recommendations on how to boil and store water if a water restriction is announced in your city. Here are some things you should consider doing to help you and your family stay safe:

    -          Bring water to a rolling boil for a minimum of one minute

    -          When it cools, you can pour your clean water into clean containers and refrigerate

    -          Adding a pinch of salt per quart to your boiled water may improve the taste

    -          Instead of boiling water, you can also disinfect it by adding 1/8 teaspoon of bleach (common household bleach containing 5.25 percent sodium hypochlorite) per gallon of water. Do not use bleach containing perfume, dyes, or other additives.

    When a boil order is issued, it pertains to almost all the ways you use water in your household—the obvious exception being flushing the toilet. The DEQ even has a chart that shows what tasks in your home should be done with boiled water. But having to boil water to do simple everyday tasks—washing your face, brushing your teeth, or cooking your food—could also be annoying and inconvenient.

    If boiling your water is inconvenient, many might say: “Well why not just buy a ton of bottled water? Problem solved!” While bottled water may seem like an easy solution to your water restriction woes (and in many instances it can be), in a water restriction, bottled water can get cleared off the shelves as quickly as bread, milk, and eggs in a snow storm. Also, if the city does not know how long the boil order might last buying bottled water could get pricey.

    So, when you can’t rely on bottled water, what’s another alternative you can turn to? –Water Storage! If you have an adequate supply of water storage (the recommended minimum amount of water to store is one gallon per day, per person, for 14 days), you will not have to worry about boiling your water or worrying that bottled water will run out at the store.

    Our product specialist, Tim, currently lives in Lindon and had to host part of his family reunion during the water restriction.  In order to make it through his family reunion, Tim is relying on water storage from his 55 gallon barrels and 160 gallon reserve tank system.

    He also plans to use a Katadyn Base Camp Gravity Filter to supply water for his guests. You simply hang the Base Camp Gravity Filter up and it filters up to 2 gallons of water in 15 minutes with no pumping. It will clean up to 200 gallons of water before you have to change out the filter component.

    If you are interested in building up a water storage supply, check out our Insight Article, "Water Storage Options", look into our water storage product page, and consider buying a water storage combo.

    Here is one piece of advice Tim shared for surviving a water boiling order: Once you have enough boiled water stored, shut off the valves to your faucets so your family doesn’t use the sinks out of habit. Don’t turn off the main water valve because you’ll still want to flush the toilet and get more water from the sink if you need to boil more.

    Be prepared for a water restriction or boiling order in your area. Learn how to adequately boil water and store water.

    If you’ve been through a boil order before, what tips do you have?

     

     

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: water, water storage

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    A couple of weeks ago Popular Mechanics wrote about Perforene which Lockheed Martin is developing as a new desalination technology using reverse osmosis.  Here’s how it works. 

    A membrane separates two chambers, and the side holding the salt water is subjected to pressure, forcing the water to pass through the membrane and leave the salt, which is too large to cross the barrier. 

    (Aside: The Hydropack sold by Emergency Essentials works in a similar way, but through forward osmosis. And to be clear, you cannot use the Hydropack in salt water.)

    By making desalination more efficient and less costly, this new technology can provide clean water to more people around the world. (Read more: Lockheed's Better, Faster Way to Desalinate Water)

    But lack of water in the U.S. is still a concern. NOAA published their Spring 2013 Outlook and they’re predicting a warm spring. Unfortunately that means warmer-than-average weather and drought conditions for parts of the country. (Watch the video for details.) For areas with snow, a warm spring might also mean flooding.

    Possible drought in your area means, on a household level, that your garden and lawns might get less water this year. Flooding brings possible contamination of water lines, though they are generally safe. I would take this as a nudge to start storing water. Even if you don’t end up using the water for drinking, you can use the water on your garden, houseplants, or for washing your car.

    Now the question is, “How should I store water?” Emergency Essentials has three articles on how to properly store and purify water.

    1. Water Storage Overview
    2. Water Storage Options 
    3. Water Filtration and Purification

    You may also want to check out FEMA’s website.

    And last, but not least, click here to read more on Emergency Essentials newest water storage option! (A lot of Emergency Essential Employees are clamoring to get one.)

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: water, water storage, purifier, floods

  • This post is part of a series showcasing real-life survival stories. 'Lessons Learned' is a way for individuals and families to share what they learned from living through a disaster. To read all Lessons Learned stories, click here. To submit your own story, click here.

    The Northeast Blackout of 2003 affected 45 million people, including my family. The blackout started on August 14. I was 13 at the time, with a 10-year old sister, 3-year old brother, and two older brothers who were 15 and 18. My younger sister had a blast swimming in our neighbor’s pool during this time, but I didn’t dare get in because I didn’t want to be covered in chlorine for days. As a pre-teen girl, the idea of not taking a shower for four days was mortifying. There was one day when it poured rain so hard that I was actually able to get in my bathing suit and take a quick shower in the rain.

    During the day we felt like we were roasting and wished we had something like a solar generator to power a simple fan. The nights were alright because it gave us a chance to cool off, but scary because everything was pitch black. Fortunately, my mother was prepared ahead of time with emergency candles, 72 hour kits, and a supply of food storage and water. The biggest thing we should have done differently is having moist wipes like the Ready Bath Basics, and a portable toilet. Luckily, our neighbors let us use their pool water to flush our toilet. We wished we had more water because we went through it so quickly. Many food storage products require water to prepare them, which is something we did not consider fully when deciding how much water to store.

    Natalie Haight

     

    Thanks Natalie, for sharing your survival story. You did a great job of pointing out essential items to have in an emergency.

    Luckily Natalie’s family could stay in their home and were able to survive with their emergency kit that included water, food, and lighting. Fellow preppers, storing water should be a priority for you and your family.

    Here are a couple lessons we gleaned from Natalie's story:

    • Store enough to have at least 1 gallon per person per day for 14 days. Store more to make bathing and toilet flushing more than a luxury. Click here to see Emergency Essentials’ water storage options.
    • Consider how you might keep your family cool if you’re struggling to survive hot summer weather. You might open all the doors and windows to create ventilation, but do you have netting to keep out insects? Click here to explore various survival scenarios.
    • Have a swimming pool.*

    What did you learn from Natalie’s survival story?

     

    *Tee hee hee. Juuust kidding.

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: food storage, emergency power, solar power, Emergency plan, water, water storage, emergency preparedness, Lessons Learned, Blackout

  • It’s February and before we kick off this month of falling in love here are three super simple, super small baby steps for you to breeze through this weekend.
     
    1. Learn the difference between dehydrated foods and freeze-dried foods.
       Dehydrated= most of food’s water is removed naturally or via heat
     
       Freeze-Dried = food is flash frozen, placed in a vacuum chamber and sublimated


       (Sublimation= ice is changed directly from a solid to a gas and removed)
     
       What's the difference? Dehydration is the best way to get rid of moisture for grains, legumes,

       baking mixes, and some fruits and vegetables (like carrots). Freeze-drying retains much of 

       the foods' appearance, flavor, nutritional value, and it stores longer.   
     
       Read up on the difference in our 15 Tips for Food Storage Shopping.
     
       Bonus points for someone who tries either a dehydrated or freeze-dried food for the first time!   

       Click here for recipes suggestions then tell us about your experience in the comments below.

     

    2. Add one month’s worth of these non-perishable items to your supply:

    Toilet paper



    Personal toiletries like diapers, baby wipes, adult 

    briefs, sanitary napkins, tampons 



    ReadyBath Wipes (These are pre-moistened 

                antibacterial washcloths for bathing.) 





    3. Learn how to shut off the gas and water to your home.

    DON’T actually turn off the gas though, ‘cause no one wants to wake up to a cold shower. Plus in your area you might have to pay the gas company to come turn it back on. (Might be good practice for using some of your other prepper gear though...)



    Click here for instruction from The Family Handyman
    Make sure you have these tools and hang them where they’ll be used.
                    Bung wrench

                    Emergency Gas Shut Off Wrench




    Easy, right?
     
    Which one are you going to do? 

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: baby steps, 15 Tips, bung wrench, dehydrated, freeze-dried foods, gas, water

  • Getting Started

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    Many people ask, “Where do I begin when it comes to Emergency Preparedness?

    We'd answer that question by saying that the first thing you should do is to get information first. Information is the most valuable tool to have in an emergency. We have a large collection of Emergency Preparedness Insight Articles that can help you to obtain this vital preparedness information.

    Get Started on your Prepping by reading Emergency Essentials Insight Articles

    Insight Article Topics:

    Take a look at some of these articles to start or refresh your prepper education. These articles will help get yourself and your family invested in emergency preparedness. There are over 90 articles to choose from within 13 different categories. Insight Categories include:

     

    Preparedness Checklists and Downloads

    Another great way to get started (with no cost involved) is to develop a personal or family emergency preparedness plan. Check out our Preparedness Checklist page to start creating an emergency plan or to build your emergency kit today. You can print these plans directly from our website. Here are the checklists we have to offer:

     

    A Few More Tips for Getting Started

    Here are a few ideas and tips to get you started with your preparedness plan after you have your Family Evacuation Plan in place:

    • Establish a modest preparedness budget. Make it a priority and work at it the best you can. Start with a few items, such as: water (both portable and permanent), an emergency kit, emergency candles, a sleeping bag, and a first-aid kit or an emergency bag.
    • Get your information from reliable sources. Don’t let anyone scare you into thinking that it has to be done all at once or that you must incur heavy debt to achieve your goals.
    • Use short-term storage as a guide for long-term needs. The items required to sustain life for three days can easily be multiplied for planning long-term storage needs.
    • Be consistent. Within a short time you will have the necessary supplies and equipment to take care of yourself, family members, and others.
    • Think investment, not expense. Take care of what you purchase and learn not to waste.

    Remember that babies, small children, the elderly, pets, and those with special medical needs require special consideration when planning for an emergency. We offer some great information to help you with these groups.

    For those of you wondering how and where to begin, we hope this post will be helpful. For others who have already started, we welcome your input to help and assist those who are just beginning. An inner confidence results as one strives to do their best to become prepared.

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: pets, Emergency plan, family, water, First Aid, children, water storage, getting started, emergency kit checklist, Preparedness Checklist, special needs

  • 5-minute Evacuation

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    My wife and I recently celebrated our 18th anniversary at a local bed and breakfast. While eating breakfast we met a very nice lady from Santa Barbara. She is a ballet dance instructor at UCSB and was in town for a regional dance competition. I asked her if the current fires were close to her home, and she said that she had been evacuated the day before. (The fires have completely burned 77 homes and damaged an additional 22. 30,000 people were evacuated and have now returned, but they are to remain ready to leave again at a moments notice.) She said that she was given about 5 minutes to get what she needed and leave– possibly never to return.

    This got me thinking about how can we prepare for this type of emergency. If you were given only 5 minutes to go through your house for the last time, would you be prepared to do so? I asked some of our seasoned employees here at EE what they would recommend doing to be prepared for a situation like this.

    They consistently mentioned the following 3 recommendations (click on the hyperlinks to read more on each topic):

    1) Have a family evacuation plan.

    2) Sustain life by having some type of emergency kit (including water) near an exit.

    3) Preserve and protect your valuables, such as important documents or special family photos. You need to decide what is most valuable to you and your family and then come up with a way to protect it.

     

    Here are some excerpts from a letter we just received from one of our customers:

    Dear Emergency Essentials,

    I just wanted to thank you for your company and the great products you provide. I decided about two months ago that our family should purchase 72 hours of MRE food…It arrived about a week ago. Little did I know the timing couldn't have been better.

    In the past three days we have experienced six fires in our valley. Sunday, we got our 72 hour kit and food ready to go in our car. Monday, half of our ward in Saugus and part of the adjacent Stake in Canyon Country was evacuated. We were only block away from the evacuated area. Luckily our area did not evacuate and the others in our ward were able to go home the same day. But, a few in the other Stake lost their homes. Then later on Monday, another ward in our Stake a few miles away in Stevenson Ranch had to evacuate immediately with a new fire. The fire went by fast and the fire department was able to protect all the homes. Then on Tuesday a fire started just down the road from us, but was put out quickly with two helicopters…

    …It was so comforting to know we had our kit, food and a safe place to go.

    Thank You,

    Laura, California

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: planning, emergency kit, Emergency plan, water, evacuation, evacuation plan, bug out bag, water storage, water filters, documents, photos, valuables, 72 hour kit

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