Nearly everyone knows that they should prepare for the next big catastrophe that’s coming sooner or later to their area. The problem with that is it’s hard to know exactly what might happen, windstorm, earthquake, tsunami, chemical spill, or floods and each one will have its own particular dangers. There are, however, several common denominators that nearly every type of disaster will require, and that’s food and water. Those two staples you need every single day and you normally have on hand in your home daily as well, you just need to stash some for survival.
Depending on what happens in your imaginary upcoming emergency, a lot of the food you have in your home will survive. Even the things you have stored in the refrigerator will last a couple of days if you get them into the freezer portion and start eating them right away. Your canned goods will be fine, dried foods last a long time if kept in airtight containers, plus you can actually go for several days without food and be just fine.
That leaves the water as your biggest concern. How much do you have on hand, is it fresh and sanitary, and how long will it last? You can survive quite a long time with little or no food, but you can only live a day or two without adequate water. Plus, even if you’ve stored up some water, do you really have enough to cook with and drink as well. Then there is the other scenario where you have to evacuate a long distance, can you take enough water with you to make the trip? This is why an emergency water filter for survival is an important part of your survival gear.
Being able to make drinkable water, no matter where you are, at home or on the move, is one of your most important considerations for survival. While you can store water in jugs for later use, there are a lot of scenarios where you might have to get out of your home and make a trek to an evacuation point to survive. It won’t happen in every disaster but part of being prepared is being ready for the worst catastrophe ever and then hoping that it never comes.
There are a few important considerations when choosing the best emergency water filter for survival. It has to be able to filter out the smallest microbes that could be lurking in any puddle of water that you might have to drink. Look for a filter designed to remove particles and microbes down to 0.2 microns at least. That means all bacteria, protozoa, some heavy metals, and all larger parasites will be removed. Even the clearest and cleanest looking streams in the mountains contain plenty of microscopic pathogens and this quality of filter will remove them.
Viruses and organic chemicals will make it through, however, viruses don’t replicate on their own and they’re few and far between unless you’re talking to an infected person. Organic chemicals, like pesticides, are a worry in your regular non-emergency water system too, but you’ll survive unless there’s been an actual chemical spill in your area that has contaminated the streams and rivers.
Getting clean water is the first thing you should concern yourself with after you get secure shelter in an emergency. Try to filter extra water and put it in sanitary bottles for later so you have it ready for drinking, cooking, and washing of wounds if needed. After you have water, then food and emergency communication should be your next worries on the list to ensure the survival of you and your family.