Searching for Water
Searching for Water in Emergencies
In times of emergency, few things take greater precedence than searching for water. Water is the lifeblood of human existence and in times of disaster, not having access to clean drinking water can easily turn one’s situation from troubled and stressed to dire. For this reason, everyone has to be mindful of the importance of searching for water in order to be constantly ready for the threat of a calamity, emergency and disaster.
Before we take a look at options in searching for water, it is important to stress that any household can make itself suitably ready for any emergency. This can be done by stocking emergency water well in advance. When the time comes that the need for water arises, the household will have sufficient resources available at their disposal. Many government disaster and relief agencies strongly advocate for households to have water stored in clean containers so that searching for water does not become a prime need in times of emergency.
However, should a family be caught unprepared, there are still methods of searching for water that can lead to be real lifesavers. Here we will try to expain why it is important to understand the risks present in water during an emergency.
· Biological contamination - In the case of water disasters, contamination becomes the overriding threat in water. Pathogens can cause diseases which can lead to severe illness and worse. For water to become drinkable, water has to be thoroughly purified from biological contaminations.
· Particulate contamination or particles in the water - This is an easier proposition to deal with since there are more than a few methods to eliminate particulate contamination.
· Chemical contamination. Today, only few methods are available to deal with chemical contamination. If not sure, then strive to stay away from water that is potential contaminated by chemicals.
Taking these things into consideration, the knowledge of searching for water should be learned with the appropriate treatment methods to make a water source drinkable again. This includes filtration systems, either commercial or home-made, which can take away particulate presence in the water. Many home-made filter systems rely on the use of charcoal to adsorb particles in the water. Professional filters can be bought for less than $100 and it wouldn't hurt to have one as part of an emergency survival kit.
For biological contaminations, boiling the water is a viable option. Households can also use chlorine and iodine tablets for disinfection. There are many step-by-step guides on the internet that teaches homeowners how to build simply water purification systems that can make water drinkable again. There are also guides that help define how household bleach can be used to disinfect water. However, this water purification tablets are available at most sporting goods stores so it wold be best to buy a supply and keep them on hand.
If there is a lake, pond or stream near your location this is a good place to go in your search for water. Inside the house your hot water tank will be full of water as will the holding tank of your commode (not the bowl). Once you have a supply on hand you can then start one of the purification processes mentioned above. If you have more than one method available go ahead and use them both to be even safer.
So try to remember that if you find yourself searching for water in times of emergency, it pays to be ready with the knowledge of how to make that water drinkable. Research in advance the suggested methods of water purification and try them out, so if the need arises then you know that you are equipped with the know-how of dealing with the need for water sources in the household. After all the body can only live a few days without clean and safe water to drink.