Be Ready for What ever Happens
Current issues and topics that are relevant to the classes we teach
It’s hot here now. Many days have been near 100 degrees, and the heat index was well over 100. I am sure glad I can go to my kitchen and get a drink.
Water is the most precious substance on earth. Clean water, anyway. We are used to as much as we want anytime we want, but there are many places in the world that do not have this luxury, and on hiking and back packing trips you have to carry or disinfect your own supply even in the USA.
Very frequently, towns here in Missouri have boil orders. This means the water supply has been potentially infected, and you must disinfect your own. Are you prepared for this? How many methods of water treatment do you know? How many can you really do?
You have to think in this way: The city water supply is compromised and the stores are empty. What do you have on hand to get through?
You can boil it…as long as you have a heat source. But what if that fails, too?
Most people not only do not really know what to do, they do not keep supplies on hand to do it with.
There are lots of great options, from using chlorine bleach to water filters. Each method has its good and bad points. Do you know them?
Our medical and survival classes (like Advanced Wilderness Life Support) have water purification and/or procurement techniques as a major point of instruction. It's always interesting to me how surprised the students are when they realize hard and inefficient it is to try and make or find water. It is always better to have a supply on hand, ready when you need it.
Because without good water, you will die.