Emergency Situation Essentials:
“It’s essential that during and after a storm you have the ability to maintain your strength by drinking enough clean water and eating nutrient-dense foods with vitamins and minerals" says Meagan Bradley, VP of Marketing for Nautilus and Excalibur (and a storm-weathering South Florida resident). "The 3 fundamental needs of all human beings are water, food and shelter. If a hurricane, winter storm, earthquake or other natural disaster strikes, dirty water and food shortages may occur for days or even weeks. By taking the time to prepare, you can provide for your entire family,” she adds.
While unlikely that an emergency would cut off your food supply for weeks, FEMA and The Red Cross recommends maintaining a supply that will last at least two weeks, as in their Food and Water Emergency Brochure.
Never Limit Your Water Supply:
An ample supply of clean water is a top priority in an emergency. A regularly active person needs to drink at least a half gallon of water each day. But, what if stores are out of bottled water? What if you run out of clean water? What if the rivers swell out drinking water supplies leaving only dirty water? Boiling, chlorination and filtering do not remove all contaminants. You will need to turn dirty water into clean drinking water.
If you have a water distiller, you’re only a few hours out from turning dirty water into clean drinking water. Water distillation removes microorganisms, heavy metals, salts, and most other chemicals. Countertop water distiller
units take up very little space; they are only about the size of 2 gallons of milk. With Nautilus Water Distillers you can turn the dirty river water or any source of water into clean, pure, safe drinking water. It involves a process that boils liquid and then collects the vapor to condense it back to water. All that you need is a form of power. You can run a distiller from a generator or even a car jack, if outfitted with the proper plug-in converter. Nautilus distillation Video.
Take Charge Of Your Food Supply:
In emergency situations, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends having a bag ready with a three day supply of basic food necessities consisting of non-perishable food that is canned or dehydrated. Says Bradley, “Canned food is heavier while dehydrated food is easy and light to transport. There are options for expensive freeze dried meals but we recommend taking charge of your nutrition by making healthy, hearty meals at home before the storm hits.” She suggests foods that have a long storage life; require little or no cooking, water, or refrigeration, in case utilities are disrupted; and ones that meet the needs of all family members including pets. Choose foods that are not very salty or spicy, as these foods increase the need for drinking water, which may be in short supply.
A main component of an emergency meal plan should be protein. With an Excalibur food dehydrator you can dry meat into beef jerky, store it, and eat for protein when needed. Another main component is starches like potatoes, corn, and rice, all of which you can dehydrate now for later use. With a food dehydrator you can dry any fruit and vegetable into a snacking chip; make healthful treats like granola and fruit roll-ups―and even make nutritious and tasty treats for your pet. Virtually anything can be dried in an Excalibur dehydrator and stored for years to come.
When a storm, or weather disaster hits your area, be prepared, before it hits. For more tips, visit Fema.gov.