Emergency Water Kit
Emergency Water Kit
One of the most important things you can have in your home is an emergency water kit. By now, you definitely know the importance of water towards survival and have undoubtedly taken steps to make sure your family’s access to water is always secure. But when you take into context all the worries about calamities and disasters, economic collapse resulting in chaos and anarchy, or the threat of natural disasters or terrorist attacks, there is no denying that an emergency water kit becomes more than just another survival tool.
At its core, the basics of an emergency water kit are simply. Regardless of the design and the price, it has to be able to effectively purify water from a dirty water supply or location. This is handy if your family runs of water that you stored before a disaster and need to survive on whatever is available in the immediate vicinity. An emergency water kit can be a lifesaver in many situations; all that you need to know is exactly how to put it to good use.
The simplest emergency water kits are actually only made up of small water containers with a built-in filtering mechanism. You will find these in many stores that sell survival kits and other equipment. A traditional setup consist of a standard water container fitted with a replaceable filter that is capable of taking water from open sources like lakes and rivers, or even puddles, and make it potable. Depending on the size of the water container, this can cost up to around $50 per kit. One good plus is since the filtration is gravity driven, you won’t even need electricity to power your kit.
More sophisticated emergency water kit systems contain small pumps that suck in the water and push it through a sophisticated purification setup that ensures most contaminants are taken out. This is helpful if you plan to stay inside a bunk or a reinforced structure and wait out the disaster. The filtration system should be able to generate more than enough water to supply a family of medium size and do it on an indefinite basis. The only downside to this is the need for a power source to run the pump. However, as long as that is secure the system should run without problems.
Conversely, more traditional and simple setups may only require the use of purifying agents like iodine or chlorine tablets and basic filtration mechanisms to render the water potable. A simple burner can also become an emergency water kit as it can be used to heat and purify water. These systems are commonly used by survivalists, hikers, and campers who spend a great deal of their time outdoors.
When planning to purchase your very own emergency water kit, it is always important to think about the context with which you will use it. How much volume do you need? Where will you be using it? If you need to move, is it light enough to be considered portable? Is it effective in purifying water? Can you afford to spend a lot on it or not? As long as you take these things into consideration and duly use the answers to make the best selection, you should be well. The bottom line is simple; use your emergency water kit to ensure your access to water for as long as possible and you should be well served to wait out any calamity or disaster with your trusty water kit by your side.