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Like it or not, disasters happen, and they do not discriminate between gender, race, age or religion. It does not matter where you live, what you look like, what you drive or how much money you have- no one is exempt from the threat of natural disaster.

When you are trying to survive in a disaster, remember three rules

Rule 1

In extreme conditions, you can live for three hours without shelter

Rule 2

You can live three days without water

Rule 3

You can live three weeks without any food The average adult needs at least 1 liter of water daily for proper hydration. A Bug Out Bag or BOB is a 72-hour kit; you should pack a minimum of 3 liters of fresh drinking water per person.

Water Containers

Carry 3 litres of water in different containers because if you have one container and you break or lose it, you no longer have a viable way to carry and store water.

Divide your water into the following three different containers

  • 32-oz. Wide-Mouth Nalgene Hard Bottle: These water bottles are easier to fill, durable and crush resistant.

  • Metal Water Bottle: Metal water bottle gives you the added advantages of boil and purifies water collected “in the field”.

  • Collapsible Soft Bottle: Collapsible soft bottle container allows you to reduce weight as you go. Use this container first and when empty, they take up virtually no space and weight only a few ounces.

Water Purification

Three litres of water won’t last for long. The following are some ways you can purify water on the go. You don’t need any fancy equipment for boiling water and it’s 100% effective in killing harmful, viruses, bacteria and cysts. The disadvantages are: boiling water requires fuel source, weather can interfere and takes time. A hand pump water filter is one of the popular water filter system. It can filter up to one liter of water per minute. The disadvantage is it pricy and most do not remove viruses.

You can also use an integrated bottle and filtering system. This combo unit allows you to collect unpurified water and then drink out purified water through a built in chemical and filter treatment system inside the bottle itself.

Chemical treatment tablets are cheap, take up almost zero space in a BOB and readily available. One tablet is usually enough to treat one liter of water. The purification process can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours.

Outside of an emrgency situation, water preservation is still important. There are many ways to do this but one of the most intriguing that I have seen is the Geberit Aquaclean. This is a bidet that resides in the shower so that you can get clean all over at once. What a great idea!