Best Emergency Water Systems for Households and Small Groups
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Preparing for Emergencies and Natural Disasters
When an 8.1 magnitude earthquake shook Nepal earlier this year, entire mountain villages were flattened. Those who survived, struggled to find adequate food and water as they worked to rebuild their homes and lives.
In recent years, we’ve witnessed the devastation and destruction left by earthquakes, fires, flooding, hurricanes and even tsunamis. The 2014 World Disasters Report, published by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, attributes more than one million fatalities to disasters throughout the globe in the last decade.
Here in the United States we have not experienced the devastation and high death toll like that of the South Asian tsunami, but Hurricane Katrina taught us that there is much more we can do to be prepared and improve in our disaster response efforts. During Hurricane Katrina, thousands of residents who remained in New Orleans were without food, water or shelter during and after the storm.
How Can We Better Prepare for Disasters?
Near my home in Central Texas, we were recently hit with back-to-back disasters of fires, followed by flooding.
Hundreds of homes were damaged, and many families had to evacuate to emergency shelters at nearby local schools or churches. When those seeking shelter arrived, most had little more than the clothes on their backs. The generous donations of individuals, businesses, churches and relief organizations fed, clothed and housed hundreds. But many were without basic hygiene necessities, clean clothing and various supplies.
That’s why every family (or small group) is encouraged to assemble a “72-hour Kits”. The government website ready.gov outlines suggested contents for each emergency preparedness kit, including three gallons of water, a three-day supply of food, flashlights/batteries, first aid kit and more.
But three gallons of water per person can be a lot of water to tote around!
Best Emergency Water Purification Systems for Small Groups & Families
A family of four would need to have 12 gallons of water in tote. That's why it's recommended that you also procure a type of water purification system that would best meet your needs as an individual, family or group.
For almost 25 years, we’ve worked with disaster relief organizations, foreign missionaries, emergency planning and preparation groups, etc. to find the right solutions to their water purification needs. Years of research, and most importantly-- feedback from those out there using the water purification systems have led us to the very best products in the industry. The following are products that stand out because of quality craftsmanship, value for price, and ability to consistently successfully purify water in a time of need.
The Outback™ is the perfect add-on to a food storage program or 72-hour kit. The fact that The Outback™ is portable is a big plus, which means your family could quickly grab 72-hour packs and get out of harm’s way. With the Outback™, you can purify water from almost any freshwater source-- nearby swimming pool or river. The Outback™ gravity-powered filtration system will keep your family or small group protected from water borne bacteria, cysts and viruses including E.coli, Cholera, Hepatitis and Polio.
The Outback's design has been successfully used by relief, rescue and religious organizations in Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East and is widely used by missionary and government organizations all over the world.