Water Contamination a Threat Following Extreme Weather

At the height of the Hurricane Matthew madness in October 2016, I was glued to the computer, reading as many news stories as I could.

One particular item caught my attention quickly: severe flooding in parts of North Carolina affected the quality and availability of water in the public water system.

Residents of certain North Carolina counties were told to conserve and boil water for their own safety. Call me paranoid, but there’s no possible way I’m going to think my water is safe after only boiling it!

Storms Increase Water Contamination

Anytime a major storm hits, you should assume your water isn’t safe! When a serious storm affects an area, the surge of extra water increases the contamination by pushing sizeable amounts of toxins from the earth and other contaminants into the water supply.

So, what can you do to prevent illness and possible death due to contaminated water? You can listen to public health broadcasts, but I wouldn’t take a chance on trusting the government on that.

Remember the water crisis in Flint, Michigan? The Environmental Protection Agency waited way too long to warn residents of the high levels of lead in the water.

The Flint water crisis is one more reason you need to be able to take care of yourself and your family in every possible disaster condition, not just weather-related emergencies. We cannot trust the government to do it for us!

You Have Some Choices

OK, so let’s talk options. Water is the foundation of our survival, and should be the foundation of disaster preparedness planning.

Water purification tablets are a good disaster preparedness item to have in your emergency supplies as a short-term solution. However, when faced with a long-term issue such as post-storm water contamination, it’s wise to also have an emergency water purification system ready to go.

My emergency water supplies contain bottled water, emergency purification tablets, a water purification system and the filters that go along with it.

Water Purification Is a Must

The best thing about a reliable water purification system is that you can use the tabletop version at home and a lightweight, portable system when out and about. Check out my system at www.Water4Patriots.com.

Like I mentioned before, water is your survival foundation. I want to be as prepared as I possibly can be, and so should you.

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