Of course, it was bound to happen.
On Friday, January 17 workers arrived at the water treatment facility in Manapalan, NJ to the sound of cries for help and discovered a man stuck inside a 20-inch diameter pipe outside of a water storage tank. The man has been identified as 26-year-old Asaf Mohammed.
The plant is encompassed by barbed wire, and officials are still trying to determine how Mohammed was able to gain access to the water treatment plant without being detected.
Mohammed has been charged with fourth-degree criminal trespassing. Basically, he was given a wrist slapping.
The facility supplies drinking water to about 40,000 residents.
Did you know that Americans bought 28 billion – that’s billion with a ‘b’ – bottles of water in 2013?
Twice as costly as gasoline and up to 1,000 times more costly than tap water (and it usually just comes out of the tap anyway) bottled water is, what the Dean of a private business college called ‘the greatest marketing scam in human history.’ Yet you can find bottled water in every grocery store, gas station and convenience store in America. One would be shocked not to find bottled water for purchase almost everywhere.
That puts a different spin on preparedness for me.
I can, and do, purchase bottled water myself, and have some extra ‘just in case.’ It’s easy, available and only adds a few dollars to my run to the store.
But what am I really doing? (more…)
Food storage is never complete without sufficient water storage. Ironically, we meet people everyday that have six months, 12 months, even two years of food storage that consists of dried goods, dehydrated or freeze dried foods. If you think you’ll have access to fresh, clean water during a disaster, please try downloading this FREE eBook to help you best prepare.
It’s been two years since 7,500 gallons of the industrial chemical MCHM (used for cleaning coal) leaked into the Elk River in Charleston, West Virginia, leaving up to 300,000 people in nine counties without drinkable water. In fact, the water was unusable for anything, including cooking, laundry and bathing. For five days, no water within roughly 100 miles of the leak site was safe. 700 people called poison control due to toxin-related illness, and over 400 received treatment at hospitals after suffering from rashes, nausea, cough, and vomiting.
The main reason for the leak was the massive 60 year old storage tank that wasn’t maintained and had an emergency dike also in need of repair. Crews worked for days to flush the system, but the water isn’t 100% chemical free yet, and the effects of the spill are still being felt two months later. So for those of us without any direct control over the water system, what can we do to keep our families safe when the unexpected becomes reality? (more…)
Food storage at first glance can seem pretty straight forward: buy extra food in case of emergencies. It doesn’t take long into the gathering process, however, for extra questions to surface. “What kind of food should I buy?” “How long will it last?” and “What are the differences between all the types of rations out there?” are a few that come to mind.
Generally speaking, there are four main types of food storage to mix-and-match in your supply: dry staples, freeze dried, dehydrated and canned. Each has pros and cons, but here are the basics. (more…)