We want people to focus on being prepared before the emergency strikes.
Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) April 26, 2006
Most Americans believe that they are personally prepared for emergencies. But in reality they are not, a fact that troubles experts as hurricane season approaches. Soon it may be water, water, everywhere, but not a drop to drink for the majority of households in the USA.
“After the next big earthquake, we will all need food and water for at least three days, until FEMA or other assistance arrives,” forewarns Dr. David Eisenman, a researcher affiliated with the RAND Corporation. “We need to better understand what motivates people to plan ahead, and use that knowledge to encourage all groups to be better prepared for terrorist attacks or other disasters.”
Research conducted by Eisenman at UCLA and cited by the RAND Corporation on its Website (http://www.rand.org) found that 60 percent of those surveyed in the Los Angeles area expect disaster to strike in the months ahead, but only 28 percent have actually gathered adequate emergency supplies.
Ray Scardigno, president of Filters Fast, website (http://www.filtersfast.com), an international distributor of emergency water purification supplies, agrees that Americans need to stockpile essential supplies now, before hurricane season catches them off guard. He echoes the advice given by various government agencies: “We want people to focus on being prepared before the emergency strikes.”
Research shows that most people expect disaster – either in the form of natural calamities or a terrorist attack – but only a small percentage take the steps necessary to plan ahead. And without advance planning, Scardigno says, it is too little, too late. During emergencies, supplies are limited and reliable and timely distribution is often disrupted or grinds to a tragic halt.
The topmost household priority is to prepare for an adequate supply of clean drinking water:
- Untreated water can cause diseases like dysentery, typhoid, and hepatitis.
- Authorities at the Department of Homeland Security, the American Red Cross, and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) suggest storing at least one gallon per person, per day.
- At least a three-day supply for each member of the family (and pets) is recommended.
- You should never drink floodwater, dark or foul-smelling water, or water with floating material.
- Supplies of bottled water should be changed every six months for fresh bottles.
- If you are caught in an emergency, it is possible to use water from sources like basement or garage hot water tanks, nearby ponds, or lakes and streams, as long as you first purify it according to CDC guidelines.
Water purification tablets and portable purifiers like those carried by soldiers and campers in their survival kits are easy to store, transport, and use. “EPA registered products can be used in cases where there is a boil order, but no power, for example,” says Scardigno. When asked to recommend the best water treatment items for family emergency kits, he suggested two:
- The Katadyn Exstream XR Personal Water Purifier
Although it resembles the conventional type of water bottle often carried by cyclists and hikers, it is capable of purifying up to 26 gallons of water without pumps, hoses, or separate containers. The only EPA-registered purification bottle on the market, it kills water-borne bacteria and viruses and removes water-borne protozoa such as the dreaded Giardia.
- Micropur MP1 Water Purifier Tablets (30 to a package)
Convenient for disinfecting water in emergencies, these tablets make water suitable for drinking by utilizing the same technology applied to municipal water supplies. The only EPA registered purification tablets; they effectively disinfect water from bacteria, viruses, cryptosporidium, and Giardia. One supply packet contains enough tablets to treat about eight gallons of water. Two packets (60 tablets) can be carried in a coat pocket and will convert enough water to sustain five people for three days under normal conditions.
Scardigno adds one important clarification: “Lots of people confuse water filtration with emergency water purification, but they are two completely different things. NSA certification is the best way to judge a home water filter. But when looking for products used for emergency water purification purposes, consumers should always make sure they have been registered by the EPA.” He also emphasizes the importance of proactive planning. “Once the power is out, it is very difficult to order a product and have it delivered,” he admits. “By then its too late, anyway.”
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Ray Scardigno, President
3904 A Sardis Church Rd.
Toll free (866) 438-3458
Email: (sales @ filtersfast.com)
Filters Fast is an international supplier of water filters and purifiers for home, outdoor recreation, and emergencies.