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Emergency  Preparedness and Disaster Survival Information
Years ago I did extensive research on water filtering / purification for emergency preparedness.
 The following is some of the information I gathered and put together for community and church presentations.
 

Emergency Water Manual

A compliation of information dealing with everything you need to know about water to prepare for any emergency situations.

Emergency Preparedness Wheel

A chart showing all the areas that you need to include in your emergency preparedness plans ... both long term and short term.

Emergency Preparedness Ideas

A few ideas about helping you with your emergency preparedness plans.

CHEAPEST WAY TO PURIFY WATER
Water Filters/Purifers can be very expense. The EPA has indicated that an inexpensive product ($3.00) called SOCK-IT which is used for swimming pools can also be used to treat thousands of gallons of drinking water. Here is a link to information about it:  
 SOCK IT Instructions

ANOTHER WAY TO DISINFECT WATER
The EPA also has a handout for suggestions for disinfecting drinking water by other methods.
EPA Disinfection Instructions

HOW MUCH WATER
Here are some additional handouts/charts I used in my presentations.  
 How Much Water - Handouts

MY CHOICE FOR A WATER FILTER
There is a filter that is derived from the technology used for kidney dialysis. It is made by a company called SAWYER.  It is relatively inexpensive and is used throughout third world countries. They have several models which can filter out harmful bacteria, protozoa, cysts(E. coli, Giradia,Vibrio choleraie, salmonella). They also have another model which can ilter out viruses. The filters which can be attached to a five gallon bucket (SAWYER POINT ZERO TWO BUCKET PURIFER) are only a few inches long and can cleaned and used for filtering thousands of gallons of water. Take a look at it.
 Sawyer Water Filters

SANITATION LINKS
Cholera OutBreak Guidelines
Emergency Sanitation

ADDITIONAL LINKS
American Red Cross - Emergency Plans
Tips on Emergency Water Storage
Homeland Security National Terror Alert - Water
Emergency Water Resources
FEMA - Food and Water in an Emergency