Bottled Water Contamination l Survival Water Filter

Americans choose to drink bottled water thinking it is safer than their municipal water.  Unfortunately, we now know this this may not be the case. New research that warns us of bottled water  contamination in the form of thousands of thousands of pieces of plastic.

In other words,  trying to avoid the type of contamination found in the water storage in Flint, Michigan, could lead you to a whole different kind of contamination.

Bottled Water Contamination and Survival Water Filters

 Bottled Water Contamination

The testing, initiated by Orb Media found plastic particles in bottled water, including polypropylene, nylon and polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

Dangerous Water

Clean water is becoming an increasing concern. Families across the country have been affected by the hurricanes that have hit leaving contaminated water in their wake. Also, there is great concern about the levels of arsenic and fluoride in our water.  Every day hundreds of Boil Water Notices are given due to municipal water sources becoming contaminated.

An Alternative To Bottled Water

Luckily, there are alternatives to risking bottled water contamination. A good survival water filter with advanced capabilities can provide you and your family with clean drinking water.

What Makes A Good Survival Water Filter?

A good survival water filter has the ability to filter and purify water from the following contaminants:

    • Dirt and sand particles
    • Pathogenic bacteria
    • Toxic heavy metals such as lead and mercury
    • Parasites
    • Harmful or unwanted chemicals

A Gravity Fed Filter Is Best

How often power is lost during emergencies?  A survival  water filter that isn’t reliant on an electric or gas-powered source of filtration is your best bet.  Because a gravity fed filter allows dirty water go into the top of the system and come out the bottom clean and safe to drink, no electricity is needed!

How A Berkey Survival Water Filter Can Solve Contaminated Bottled Water Concerns

Our Family Chose The Berkey

After much research, my husband and I chose the *this post contains affiliate links Big Berkey Water Filter. In addition, the Berkey Arsenic and Fluoride Filters offer up extra protection as a survival water filter. 

Water from the Berkey tastes great. It’s safe to mix my son’s medications with. It’s lightweight and very easy to put together.  Finally,   I don’t have to worry about any bottled water contamination.

PRO TIP: If, like me, you like to carry water with you to drink through out the day, check into the Berkey Filtered Water Bottle.

Buying A Berkey

We had to save up in order to afford a Berkey.  We were able to save money buying emergency gear and roll that savings into a higher grade of water purifier.  However,  our Berkey has been worth every single penny.

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Benefits of Medical Grade Honey for Preppers

Honey has been used in wound care for centuries, all the way back to the ancient Egyptians.  Today, people  swarm to Medical Grade Honey for it’s healing properties.

What Is Medical Grade Honey?

Made from New Zealand’s Manuka honey (Leptospermum species), *this post contains affiliate links MediHoney contains  Methylglyoxal, a unique ingredient that provides it’s strong antibiotic benefits.

Interestingly,  pH content of Medical Honey is  more acidic than any other honey, which means much faster wound healing.

 Medical Grade Honey for Emergency Preparedness

Proof.  I Want Proof Medical Honey Works

There are over 234 pieces of evidence to MediHoney’s ability not only to heal wounds, but to heal them faster.  (source)

Medical Honey and Emergency Preparedness

MediaHoney is the perfect addition to medical kits to use when with diabetic ulcers, open wounds, scrapes and burns.  Toss a tube of it into your 72 Hour Kits and Emergency Kits too.

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How To Use MediHoney

Use MediHoney in paste or gel form like any other wound cream.  Derma Sciences also offers dressings for shallow wounds.

G-Tubes and Excema

One way I use Medical Honey is around my son’s g-tube site.  This miracle honey helps with skin breakdown as well as protecting against inflammation.

Then we have my son’s Remicade treatments causing eczema flares, and this stuff works wonders on eczema.   No kidding.

So.  Medical Grade Honey Is Expensive.

There’s no doubt that Medical Grade Honey comes with a bit of a price tag. While it’s worth the price, I understand the word ‘budget’, too.  Boy do I ever.  So much so that I wrote about how I make my own version of medical grade honey in my post about my DIY Manuka Honey Recipe

What is one thing that you refuse to go without, despite the cost?

Survive Hypothermia: Prepper’s Checklist

I live in a state that (usually) sees a lot of snow, especially in the mountains.  Knowing how to survive hypothermia is knowledge every family living in a cold climate should master.  Let’s talk about how to diagnose, treat, and prevent hypothermia.

What Is Hypothermia?

Hypothermia occurs when your body loses heat faster than it can produce heat, causing a dangerously low body temperature.  Normal body temperature is approximately 98.6 F (37 C)  Hypothermia occurs as your body temperature falls below 95 F (35 C), preventing your body from functionally normally.

Hypothermia can be  caused by exposure to cold weather or immersion in cold water.  You survive hypothermia by warming the body back up to normal temperatures.

Symptoms of Hypothermia

The first symptom of hypothermia is often shivering, as your body attempts to warm itself.

Other signs include:

* Mumbling   ( The ‘umbles’ include mumbling, stumbling, grumbling or irritation)

* Slow and shallow breathing

* A weak pulse

* Lack of coordination

*The desire to sleep


*Loss of consciousness

Because hypothermia often comes on so slowly, a person often has no idea of their condition.  The confused thinking that hypothermia causes  hinders a person’s ability to actually realize they are in danger.

Survive Hypothermia


How To Survive Hypothermia

The first step in surviving hypothermia begins with preparedness before the event.  You survive hypothermia by having a plan in place, just in case.   This includes making sure you have the right gear with you when hiking, skiing, camping or traveling in winter weather.

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Remove yourself from the cold.   If possible get yourself out of any wet clothes.

Curl into the HELP position inside of a sleeping bag, blankets or an emergency bevy bag to reduce heat loss. (I love *this post contains affiliate links this brand and have them in all of our bug out bags. )   Hold your knees to your chest to help warm  the trunk of your body.  If you are with others, huddle together.

Chemical heat packs are a must to help prevent and address hypothermia.   Place a heat pack on major arteries to warm your blood, such as by the neck, under armpits and in the groin.  Slowly warming the body’s core is most important, the extremities can wait.

Prevention of Hypothermia

Wear the right clothing, including clothing that will prevent body heat loss from your head, face and neck and hands.

Wear layers of loose fitting layers of lightweight clothing.  You want your outer layer to be tightly woven, and water resistant.

Stay as dry as possible.  Get out of wet clothing as soon as possible.  Pay special attention to keeping your feet dry, by having an extra pair of *this post contains affiliate links wool socks in your pack.

Having a rechargeable hand warmer in your pack is also a good idea.

Be careful not to overexert yourself, causing yourself to sweat a lot.  Wet clothing and cold sweat will cause you to lose body heat faster.

Always make sure someone knows where you are going and when you are expected to be back.  This way emergency responders will know where to look if there is trouble.

Hypothermia Survival At Home

You may be surprised to discover that the risk of hypothermia during winter power outages is high, especially  if you are not prepared.  If you have access to health care don’t take any risks and get to a hospital immediately.  If your only choice is to stay at home, here are some ideas to help mitigate the risks.

Store wool blankets or cold weather sleeping bags.

Have a way to heat water for soup or warm drinks to keep yourself both hydrated and warm.

Store chemical packs.

Consider investing in a quality indoor radiant  heater.

Pro Tip: Learn more ways to protect your family in severe winter weather.

Preparation Is Key To Hypothermia Survival

I can remember being worried each time winter grew near.  How would I protect my family from severe winter weather if we lost power or had to leave due to an emergency in a snow storm.  Taking the time to make a plan, and actually supply that plan in the form of emergency kits, is one of the best things I’ve ever done.    I hope you’ll do the same.

Flu Preparedness Supplies: Are You Ready?

Admittedly, its a little late in the season to be talking about getting together your flu preparedness supplies. However, every time I open my Facebook page I am finding another friend lamenting that the flu has just hit their home. It starts with the littlest one throwing up in the middle night and quickly spreads to all the other kids. Just as mom has the final load of sheets in the washer, bam, the all too familiar wave of nausea hits her and dad. All across America this scene seems to be playing out. If you have been lucky enough to escape it thus far, today is the day to get your flu preparedness supplies! Having sick kids is really hard, but having sick parents trying to take care of sick kids is the worst!

Family Flu Preparedness Supplies Checklist

Storing Your Flu Preparedness  Supplies

I keep my flu preparedness supplies in a separate bucket in the storage room. I do this because my kids are  Gatorade hounds and it isn’t something that I normally keep around. If they get even the smallest hint it is in the house, it will be gone! I can’t tell you how many times I would get the flu and crawl into where I knew I had Gatorade stored to find that one of the boys happily stole it for basketball practice. By having a dedicated flu kit I know I always have what I need put away.

Steps To Prevent Getting The Flu:

First, lets talk about what we can do to NOT get the flu in the first place.  An ounce of prevention and all that.

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  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.  If it can’t be avoided, consider wearing  a N95 or above  emergency face mask.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer. 

    Get a Flu Shot. Yes, I recognize this can be a controversial topic, but I still recommend it.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

My Flu Preparedness Supplies And Emergency Checklist

As every Prepper and Survivalist knows, sometimes despite our very best efforts, the flu finds us.  It happens.  Be prepared with your flu preparedness supplies at the ready!

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  • Powdered Gatorade (easier to store the powder, lasts longer, and I can mix it as strong or weak as needed)
  • Ramen. I don’t know why but when I turn the corner and start to feel better I crave chicken flavored ramen. Probably the high sodium in a dehydrated body.
  • Ginger tea and manuka honey  Known for it’s amazing health benefits, manuka honey  improves sore throats and boosts immunity.
  • Peppermint tea
  • Hard peppermint candy (helps sooth stomach and get rid of bad tastes in mouth)
  • Ginger Ale
  • Homemade canned broth
  • Jello
  • Crackers
  • Paper plates and cups. More sanitary and just plain easier on a sick parent
  • Otter pops (throw them into the freezer as soon as you open the kit)
  • Freezer meals for people that are not sick in the houseFlu Preparedness Supplies and Survival Kit


Medications and Cleaning Supplies for Influenza Emergency Kits

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  • Motrin and Tylenol (don’t take aspirin)
  • Immodium
  • Zofran (ask your doctor for a prescription to keep in the house)
  • Emesis bags for throwing up in.  The plastic ring keeps the bag open, while it locks shut with a quick twist.  MUCH less chance of spilling than bowls or zip lock type bags.
  • Peppermint essential oil
  • Motrin and Tylenol (don’t take aspirin)
  • Zofran (ask your doctor for a prescription to keep in the house)
  • Emetrol
  • Disinfectant wipes that kill flu germs  I also stock a bottle of Steramine Quaternary Sanitizing Tablets for bigger clean up needs.
  • Masks and gloves for containing the spread of germs.
  • Extra laundry detergent
  • Shelf stable probiotics for the mending process. We like the Jarrow brand.

Get Your Pandemic And Flu Preparedness  Supplies NOW

In conclusion, nobody can predict when the flu will hit your family, but being prepared will make it easier to make it through. A little emergency preparedness and planning goes a long way.  What is in YOUR flu kit that I didn’t mention? I’m always looking for new ideas!