How to Ensure Clean Water and Food for Emergency Preparedness

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Jonny 5 inspecting our gear.

Last Saturday, after writing my first article on disaster preparedness, I was walking to get a tea with Hudson.

Just 3 houses up from us, across the street, there were about 20 people outside under a pop-up tent.

They were holding 3-way radios and some were wearing hard hats. It was clear they weren’t working on the powerlines or digging new sewer lines, so we went over to check it out.

It turns out, they were the neighborhood CERT team (Community Emergency Response Team) and the city of Berkeley was running a full 6.9 earthquake simulation. I knew about the exercise, but Annmarie and I couldn’t get a babysitter so we just assumed we couldn’t participate.

We were wrong.

I went and got Ann and we spent most of the morning running drills, asking questions and meeting our neighbors. It was a bunch of fun. But as one of our neighbors mentioned, “the next time we meet in this way, we probably won’t be eating cookies and telling jokes.”

She’s right.

Anyway, the drills helped in a way that I didn’t expect at all.

The group has a set of 3-way radios that they were handing out to different team members and I mentioned that I had my own and wanted to know if they could access the same channels (I’ve had no experience with 3-way radios before.)

So I went into our storage area and easily found the radios. What was not easy to find were the batteries. I guess I placed them somewhere else. I searched for about 10 minutes, but couldn’t find them. So I opened up the 3-way box and saw that there were rechargeable batteries inside. This would have been good news in a disaster situation — but I had no idea if they were pre-charged. The 3-ways were completely new and never opened before.

Luckily, in our drill, the batteries were charged and I was able to get them to work with the other radios, but it was a pretty powerful lesson that taught me I should do a dry run with just about everything and make sure I know where everything is and if it works. It’s a lot harder to look for batteries in complete darkness or a room that’s partially collapsed due to a monster earthquake.

Lesson learned — and I imagine there will be more.

Today, I wanted to share the first part of my own personal preparedness cache. I’ve struggled to categorize everything into 3 separate articles, but in this one, I’m going to loosely talk about food, water and other health considerations. Don’t expect any medical equipment in this segment, that will come later in the third installment.

(NOTE: When appropriate, I’ve included Amazon.com links for these products. You don’t have to buy them at Amazon if you don’t want and I make no money recommending them.)

Water

Water, in an emergency, is essential. You need it for drinking, cooking and medical emergencies (bathing may not be an option for a while.) I scanned about 4-5 preparedness checklists to come up with the items I have listed here under water (and in fact, listed under every category.)

Each time I came across something that made sense to me, I added it to my wishlist. I still have some things that I want, but I’m much closer to having a complete cache than I ever was. I’ll mention some of the things that I still think I need, or I would want to have a more than adequate stash.

First things first, with water, we have 5 gallon water jugs that we keep in various stages of filled. Right now, we have three at home and two in the office about a mile away. I know this won’t be enough during a prolonged disaster, but it’s a start that many people don’t have. My goal is to have about 20-30 gallons more stocked up in the crawl space under the house in the next 3 months.

The reason why we need more, is because there’s a chance we’d be caught with very little due to our own personal, everyday use.

I’d say we’re somewhat prepared in this sense, but not completely.

Here are some additional things we have that are related to water — and most importantly clean water.

Katadyn Hiker Pro Microfilter Water Filter — I bought a pump water filter so I can gather standing water to then disinfect. This could be helpful to use if we’re on the run, but takes a decent amount of time to get a little water.

Katadyn Gravity Water Filter — This filter can clean a lot more water than the pump filter, you just need a bucket to collect and pour it into the top. This filter can clean 2.5 gallons of water in about 15 minutes and you can hang it from a tree limb or just about anything else. This would be our go-to filter if we’re in one location.

Replacement Filters — It’s important to have more than one filter in case you are using these for the whole neighborhood.

WaterBOB Bathtub Water Storage Container — This item is great for emergencies that you know are coming. In the case of a hurricane or event with at least a few hours warning, you can put this in the tub, fill it up and have a pretty serious reservoir. For an earthquake, it may not be great, because by the time the event happens and you pull it out, your water might already be shut down.

5 Gallon Collapsible Water Container — This container could be used for a variety of reasons. Namely moving water, or bringing dirty water to the filter. It takes up no space when it’s folded down and 5 gallons of water is just over 40 pounds, so it’s relatively easy for us to carry.

Iodine Water Treatment Tablets — You never know if your water contains harmful bacteria. The last thing you want is a giardia infection when there’s no running water or medical care and water is sparse. Adding these to you water will disinfect it so it’s drinkable.

Klean Kanteen Bottles — These are solid, well constructed bottles for on the go.

Water Bottle S-Hook — Use these to hang the bottle off of your bugout bag or belt buckle for hands free travel or search and rescue.

That’s about it for water. The one thing that I’ve considered, since we’re so close to the coast is a water desalinizer. But the ones I found were hundreds of dollars. I did recently find an emergency desalinizer kit that I think we’ll get here.

Food

Food is important, but not as essential as water. It’s totally possible, with enough water, to live without food for a week or more and still be active and alert — but this doesn’t mean that you should ignore stashing away something to eat to prepare for an emergency.

40 Days of Organic Food — I purchased this pre-assembled kit that contains grains, beans, rice and other food goodies. As long as we have water to boil them, which we will, we’ll be able to cover just about all our food needs. During emergencies, you don’t necessarily have to worry about getting all your nutrients, you need to be sure you’re getting calories. This will be sufficient. This kit is good for about 10 years, so in about 7, I’ll probably get another then open the one we have up and start using the food for everyday cooking.

Additional Food Storage — We love astronaut ice cream… just kidding. We always have about 20-30 cups of various grains, lentils, and beans in the house — this can be additional food in case we use the entire tub. We also have spices, so our food won’t be too bland.

These two items should be sufficient for the three of us for at least 40 days, maybe more, but in case it’s not, here are two auxiliary plans.

First, we have a garden, so this will provide us with some food as long as we can keep it watered. If not, we can use the food from the garden first, then eat the dry foods. Second, there are a ton of fruit trees in the neighborhood. Bartering with neighbors is a plan-B that could be extremely beneficial to both of you.

Cooking

If you have dry foods, you have to cook them. So cooking gear is essential. We have pots, pans and a steamer, so that’s covered. We also have smaller pots we can bring with us in case we need to move our location.

Here’s a collection of what we have at the house or what we have gathered in case we have to go somewhere else.

Weber Outdoor Grill — We bought a grill when we moved into our new rental house for our own enjoyment, but as I was preparing for this article, I realized it would be helpful in case of an emergency — as long as the deck didn’t collapse and destroy it! The grill could be a stove and the propane tank stores a good amount of gas for long term emergency cooking.

Coleman 1-Burner Stove — Now that we have a larger grill, this is a secondary burner, or something we can take on the go. I have about 4 portable propane tanks for this as well. This will help cook a good number of meals.

Mag-Lite Flashlight – This is not only essential for just about everything dark, but also for when you’re going outside to cook at night. It’s also a good makeshift weapon if needed.

Waterproof Storm Matches — If you need to light your stove or grill or start a fire in the rain, these are great to have.

Army Fire Starter — If you run out of matches, then you have this to fall back on.

Wood Chip Fire Starters — If you need something to help start that fire with the fire starter, these will do.

Magnesium Fire Starter — Finally, if for some reason you lose a fire starter or need two or you are better at using one or another, you have this one to go with.

Zippo Lighters — These lighters are durable and relatively weather-resistant. Just make sure you know where yours are when something happens.

Zippo Fuel Canister — To carry extra lighter fuel around if you’re on the go.

Zippo Lighter Fluid — To keep your lighter lit!

Zippo Pouch — To carry your lighters on the go. I have one strapped to my bugout bag.

Fire Extinguisher — Important, not only for personal safety, but also for when we’re cooking outside on camping stoves or on a fire that you’ve built yourself.

Fire Blanket — Like above, great to have for personal safety, but also great when you’re cooking outside.

After moving into a bigger place and getting a new grill, we definitely now have more room for an extra large propane tank and additional portable ones. I’ll get those sooner than later.

Health

This category is to cover some things that aren’t completely medical, but are helpful in some more acute emergency situations. I was struggling to categorize all these items as well as keep each category somewhat equal length. So here’s what I have for “health,” I’ll let you decide if it’s relevant.

Various Supplements — Because of the nature of our work, we always have a ton of supplements in the house. During and emergency, I doubt we’ll worried about taking our Vitamin D, but we do have things like oregano oil which is anti-bacterial.

Activated Charcoal — This is used in many emergency poison remedies in case of poisoning — this is good not only for a poisoning event, but also having a very young son around.

Colloidal Silver Liquid — This is anti-bacterial and can be used for internal or external infection.

Colloidal Silver Gel — This is used to help curb or get rid of external infections.

Aloe Vera Gel — This is to help soothe burns.

All additional medical supplies come later in my series here, but these can be used for acute medical reasons.

What Am I Missing?

Again, I think the water and gas stores are where my cache is insufficient here. We’re good with food and water filtration and we’re good on how to prepare what we have.

On top of that, participating in the CERT exercise made me feel better about our situation, since it seems like everyone has at least water and ways to cook and prepare food.

In an emergency situation, I can imagine our neighborhood banding together, not fragmenting, which assures me that we’ll likely be able to share resources. There is also a cache given to the neighborhood by the city which contains a bunch of useful things as well.

Part 2, Personal Safety, is next! Stay tuned…

Your Question of the Day: Do you have anything I have? Do you have anything additional? Am I missing something important?

Live Awesome!
Kev

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog RenegadeHealth.com — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.

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  1. Megan says:

    This is a FANTASTIC series! I live in Santa Cruz, CA, also an earthquake zone, and I was here in 1989 when this whole idea became a reality. I do have most of the items you’ve suggested, but I really appreciate your list to compare against my inventory. It’s easy to assemble your “kit” and then forget about it – but I need to remind myself to periodically recharge batteries, check the matches, make sure everything is in good repair. Also, another really important thing to do is to WRITE YOURSELF INSTRUCTIONS! We found in 1989 that despite having the items on hand, when the adrenaline was really pumping, people forgot what they had, forgot how to use the propane stove, forgot how to use water filters, even forgot basic first aid. What I’ve done now is to write a very simple set of instructions at the most BASIC level. Imagine your brain is not working at all – what do you need to know? What is the dosage of activated charcoal? What supplies do you actually have in your kit? Do you have blankets? What’s in my first aid kit? Believe it or not, that was one of the biggest problems we had… you actually can’t think how to do the most basic things when the emergency happens. Really appreciate what your doing. Not for fearmongering, but for peace of mind :) Thanks, Kevin!

    • Name (required) says:

      Megan,

      Please share your information ( emergency stockpiled items and written instructions) with us. A cartoon-like booklet would be good.

      We will pay you:)

  2. Eric says:

    Check out the scheyelle water filters. They filter out all bacteria including garidia down to 99.9%. They filter out radition (yes radition) Raise the PH and a host of other things. They have personal bottles, pitchers, pumps, shower filters ect. I use there stuff every day for all our water. Thanks for the write up you did. Eric

    • Renata says:

      Amazing information… thanks so much for sharing I have been seeking the perfect shower filter as well as the perfect kitchen sink and water bottle filter and this seems to do the trick for all 3 … it filters out garidia , strontium, plutonium, radioactive iodine, chlorine and 80% fluoride, detergents, asbestos, pesticides.. uggh! LOL! I knew the water we use is contaminated but man it is good to know there is something out there a product which can clean all that crap out before you put the water in your body. Know wonder we are getting sick … our bodies / kidneys and liver have to filter all that horrible contamination out of our food and water… but happy you shared a product which will really do a good job of filtering water, the best I’ve heard… even in a water bottle. Thanks so much! PEACE.

  3. Eric says:

    Oops spelled the name wrong. It’s Seychelle and here is part of there statement. And no I don’t have any part in there company. :)

    Removes up to 99.99% of Contaminants

    Seychelle’s new line of portable water filtration bottles feature its unique Ionic Adsorption Micron Filter Technology that removes up to 99.99% of the contaminants and pollutants that can be found in drinking water. Removes up to 90% of fluoride. But while they take the bad stuff out – they leave in the beneficial trace minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium. Seychelle filtering technology beats competing products in percentage of contaminants removed.

  4. Naomi says:

    Yes, Kevin you did not mention a basic first aid kit: lite weight blanket, numerous bandages, first aid waterproof
    easy tare tape, sterile saline solution, sanitizing hand gel, aspirin. The sterile saline is very important for several
    reasons: can be used as eye wash,& flushing open wounds. These are just a few of the must haves in your basic kit. Also a CPR & mouth to mouth instruction card.

  5. suzanne says:

    Thanks for this article Kevin! I know this list is what you would choose for your mom (maybe given an addition or deduction of a couple items due to her location on the east coast) as well as your lovely family so I will use this as our guide also.

    If you have to store gasoline, a friend (a die-hard emergency prepper) got Coke syrup 15gal. cans from the factory to store his gas.

  6. nomi says:

    Water is scarce around here (Southern CA) so I have a 1000 gallon tank in my garage. I have my eye on a bucket with a filter on top that will filter any kind of water (no matter how gross) I think 900 times. It’s pretty expensive so it’s still on my wish list.
    I have several buckets of emergency food from Costco, a lot of it is not gluten free which I need to be but I figure it’s important to have a lot of food to give away to those less prepared.

    I have several shelves in the garage with assorted canned goods: beans, tomatoes, fruits, sardines..anything I could find with a pretty long good until date and with canned goods I am sure you can use it well after the date. These are not the types of foods I normally eat. Every once in awhile I raid Big Lots.

    I also have a limited supply of #10 cans with: freeze dried fruit, quinoa a few other things.

    I think it’s important to have lots and lots of empty plastic gallon water bottles. There is a stream across the street from me…this is where that filter bucket would come in.

    I have a box of military style food, you open it and it heats itself. High calorie. Not gluten free but components are.

    I am aware of what’s available in my rural neighborhood year round to forage. There’s lots of avocado and orange groves some of my canned goods would be good for bartering.

    I think I need more #10 cans of raw related grains and sprouting seeds as well as sprouting flats and maybe some bags of soil.

    I don’t want to be a total nut case but then again, I have always been the type of person to be prepared.
    The light weight freeze dried stuff is very expensive…but I wouldn’t be able to carry out much of what i have.

    I also have a box of OTC meds. Things like antibiotic cream, pills for constipation and diarrhea, big bottle of advil (very good to trade would probably not use myself unless I really really needed to)

    Other considerations: Pet food, extra eyeglasses, rubber gloves, diapers, towels, paper goods, comfort foods

    other stuff: I have a bunch of things i’d never use but the neighbors would like, hot chocolate, mac and cheese mixes, snack bars…oh i also have a bunch of dried fruit in large bags from Costco.

    I feel my ‘collection’ is a little hit or miss. But I do think i have about 3 months worth of food for my self and a lot for neighbors. I need to get more dog type food i think.

    I have a gas burner thing in back, haven’t bought the portable tank for it yet cuz i wanted to hook it up to my big propane tank i have for heat and cooking. Still haven’t heard back from the manufacturer if I can do that. So this would be a way to boil water and such. I haven’t got a grill.

    For the longest time I was dedicated to being prepared and still be raw. Lots of sprouting seeds, dirt, flats but this just isn’t practical. It would take quite a lot of water and maybe grow lights so many animals around here it wouldn’t be practical to grow sprouts and such outside. I’ve resigned myself to having food, caloric…to survive.

  7. ktmm says:

    Rain Barrels are a great way to collect and store water. After Hurricane Irene left us without power for four days, I really needed something to flush the toilet town with!

  8. Patti says:

    I love all your ideas. I am just wondering what you would do if your house was decimated in an earthquake? Would all your stored items be gone? Would it be good to have a GO bag that could be grabbed on the way out, with just the necessities? Or do you have that already? I had a friend that had to stay in a shelter during Katrina, and she didn’t get to go back to her house to grab anything. Not a pretty situation.

  9. Donna says:

    Hi Kevin, Another great product to add to your emergency kit is Clean Sip, the world’s smallest water filter in a straw. Check out http://www.shaska-usa.com and http://www.cleansip.com It’s a personal, portable water filter using the state of the art purification technology. One of our local sports teams used the Clean Sip as a fundraiser and a church sent a shipment of water filter straws to their missionaries in Thailand. Their ‘testimonies’ are on the websites above. Also, the straws come with different color mouth pieces, one for every member of the family or to color coordinate with a company logo for those who want to make it available with their name on it. Keep up the great work Kevin, in letting people know about these important ideas and products. I loved the Cancer Summit series and I hope you do more shows like this. One last thought on water – don’t forget H2O2 – food grade hydrogen peroxide 35% for emergency usage. A few drops in the water jugs will also purify it without any harmful side effects. It’s a powerful product so care must be used when storing and using it, but it can be a life saver. Also, baking soda, 3M face masks where you can use a few drops of an essential oil in the event of airborne problems, cinnamon and cloves for natural antiviral and wonderful tasting flavoring. Clove is also good for numbing and healing a toothache. And last but not least, lots zip lock baggies in different sizes – great for protecting things as well as emergency sanitation devices.

  10. Marjan says:

    you need a good knife too. put it in your list.

  11. Jo says:

    Hi Kevin, Thanks so much for your great info. Love your page. Pity I can’t take advantage of some of the interesting products you have as I am in Australia and I think the shipping would be a killer. Just want to say though, haven’t you heard the expression, “one should never assume”?? (4th para) Reason – It makes an ass of u & me. :)

  12. Jo says:

    Just want to add an idea of mine and that is to use your storage and re-stock. ie, use from the front and restock at the back. Keeps your supply fresh and in date. Another idea for water storage is to use bleach bottles. Don’t rinse before filling with water and apparently the bleach keeps the water pure. Was supposed to be almost indefinitely, but would have to be checked as I heard this a long time ago and the plastics these days may not be safe. Lets just hope we never have to use these ideas.

  13. LynnCS says:

    Kevin. There is so much amazing information here that it will take some time to assimilate it all. You have done a really amazing service here. I have been worried about this for a long time. Now I have somewhere to start. I am older and I have nothing ready for an emergency kit of any kind. Your array of goodies is a little overwhelming, but I’ll start small and hopefully nothing will happen to make me sorry I’ve put this off. Thank you so much. Lynn

  14. John says:

    Yo Kev!
    Thanks for the post!
    Re:H2O filtering-check out Berkey water filters. Steripens are also awesome. I live in the northwestern Himalayas (India) and we have a small boutique hotel here and use both of those things on our catchment water to perfect success…i.e. super-clean water-no parasites or ambient chems (from the atmosphere/rain/jetstream etc.)

    Also, Lugol’s Iodine is available in the US on eBay for around $12/2 oz.

    Additionally, a micro-particle colloidal silver generator is the state of the art in colloidal silver production.
    if you’re unfamiliar with micro-particle colloidal silver and its’ benefits over the simple 27volt method of production, you owe yourself the favor of researching it-you’ll be glad you did.

    I’d be glad to send links to all of these things, but didn’t include them in this because many blogs block links in visitors’ posts…Send me an email if you want me to send the links.

    Good to know you’re in Berkeley. Our local area (where the Dalai Lama lives) is alot like a Tibetan/Indian Telegraph Ave.

    Peace & Health!
    John C. =0)

  15. Pam says:

    Here in SoCal, a friend of mine has a helmet, leather work gloves and knee/elbow protectors so that if you have to climb/crawl out of your house over rubble, wires and broken glass, you won’t get cut getting out. The gloves come in handy for moving broken wood, metal, concrete, etc. She also has a small sledge hammer… Also I would add arnica gel/creme — great all-around for cuts, bruises, sprains and sore muscles. Great ideas in your post — THANKS!

  16. Jana says:

    Kevin and Annmarie, Check out Seychelle Water Bottles and water pumps. they have an amazing filter which even takes out radioactive properties. they have a website and are located in Dana Point, CA. also, have you looked at the 20 year shelf-life food buckets? Check out Jim Bakker Show-satellite channel 367 at 7am weekdays. he also has a website-Jim Bakker Show.com

  17. Elissa says:

    With a garden, you can also can your own produce. It is simple, effective, and cheap. You can also can your own pickles and sauerkraut. The Mormon’s are rumored to have a year’s worth of canned items in their basements for emergency situations.

    Also, you may want to consider an undergroun storage site in the backyard in case your house is inaccesible. Essentially, a big hole with a trash can placed in it, filled with emergency foods, and lid placed on top. You can then cover the hole as you wish. Look at Mother Earth News for ideas. THis is also good food storage for root storage and hardy vegetables like carrots, potatoes, cabbage, etc.

  18. AlanRoy says:

    GSE, Grapefruit Seed Extract is an excellent anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-parasitic. I have used it to successfully and quickly eliminate gastrointestinal disease (one drop per 10 pounds body weight in a glass of water, every 4 hours). A dilution is great for cleansing wounds, or cleaning fruits and vegetables, or any surface.. A few drops in a gallon of clean water will keep it from going bad in storage. There are a lot of other uses – search: grapefruit seed extract uses.

  19. Gillian Tynan says:

    Thanks Kevin, made me think about our own preparedness. One or two things I thought about as I was reading the article -

  20. Gillian Tynan says:

    Sorry hit the return key automatically wanting to list the things I had thought about – anyway here goes…
    1. Maybe a crawl space is not the best place for the water if in an earthquake the house falls on top of it, maybe a shed in the backyard might be more accessible.
    2. Sad to say but a gun and some extra cash stashed for bartering might be a good idea.

    Thanks for the great article, also enjoyed reading all the comments.

  21. W. says:

    occasionally I hear about needing to evacuate in an emergency, so I have created a list of things to take with me (like the fire safe box which has all birth certs. etc) I know if I were told to be ready to leave in 30 minutes I would not be thinking straight- so a list made ahead of time is key for me. I have also laminated this list. We have medications, food prep stuff, small family heirlooms, etc on the list.

    Also I live in one of the most nuclear states in America, so I have been researching stuff for a nuclear disaster, please remember to include that info in your kit.

    Always fun to read your posts and every ones comments!

  22. jennifer says:

    Also consider a stash of barter-worthy luxury foods: chocolate kisses, mints, gum, hard candy.

  23. Carmela says:

    If you are on the go you need a portable durable shelter. Also safeharboralliance.com is a good place to learn more on this subject, since a lot of emergency products out there will actually kill a person and not keep a person alive for an extended time.

  24. Rose D says:

    Hi Kevin,
    Regarding beans, lentils, etc it is always possible to sprout them and they become edible and highly nutritious, in case there’s no possibility to cook. Honey and olive oil are two products that add nutrition and flavor and can keep for a very long time, though no honey for babies under age one. Nuts and dehydrated fruits are also keepers and full of energy.
    I am always aware that we might be stuck during an emergency in our vehicle. I keep a small kit in the trunk – a warm blanket, water, some tools, a flashlight and some dry food.
    A 3-way radio would actually be a good item to add.
    Thank you!

  25. donna says:

    I purchased a solar oven for emergency cooking. No need to worry about limited fuel supply as with propane.

  26. Kay says:

    How often would you replace the water with fresh?

  27. Jen says:

    I believe my family is prepared enough if a natural disaster were to occur here in Canada. Believe it or not my family would have not been prepared if my daughter’s school hadn’t had this program or event at her elementary school talking about natural disasters. They gave us a whole natural disaster kit and I am very grateful for it.

  28. Lidia says:

    I’m didn’t completely finish your article – but had to write concerning fresh clean water. Why do you need 20 gallons of water? Do you have a hot water tank that holds 30-50 gallons? If you strap that baby to a secure post or wall you have Fresh, Clean water of 30-50 gallons. Isn’t that enough? Just a thought – you have the water just don’t see it. The way you’re heading your entire living space will be emergency prepareness equipment! There are simple, easier, and less bulky things to get to get you prepared.

    My biggest “prepareness” is listening. Not to the radio, TV or anywhere else but my dreams, my intuition, my “gut feeling” it will naturally send me to another place and keep me and my loved ones safe. Happened before and I am sure will happen again. Do the things you can but don’t stop living and being happy with all the concern and worry of this person getting to my “stuff”. I don’t usually write on blogs but I felt I had to…now I’ll go back and finish the article and then say to myself “sheesh I should have finished before I wrote.” lol

  29. TBreeze says:

    Good article Kevin and some thoughful comments from readers as well, for example I learned about the scheyelle water filters and their ability to filter out radiation as well as bacteria. I would encourage your readers to also check out home distillation. Many good videos out there on the “reflux” still and it is small enough it can be set up in any garage. It also can filter out radiation, bacteria and also virus’s but can produce family size quantities of purified water and can be used to distill essential oils and botanicals for numerous tintures. Ethonal can be distilled from sugar, water and a little yeast and can be a source for automotive fuel…just food for thought.

  30. Safety Note: Fire starter logs contain chemicals. Binders and kerosene-like fuels help the log light easily and burn hot for an extended period of time. While this is good for starting a fire, it can potentially release harmful fumes. If you are planning to cook on your firewood fire, be sure your starter log has burnt off completely before adding food. You don’t want your firewood cooking to put chemicals in your food!

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