Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Continuity Insurance

The month of September has been designated Emergency Preparedness Month.

In order to do my part in spreading the word, throughout this month I will be sharing bits and pieces of my book, Continuity Insurance, with you. I will start off by sharing my Preface and a section from Chapter One*.

Copyright ©2010 Noel Napolitan

Preface

Our laws say that we must carry car insurance and soon health insurance. A good number of us also have home insurance, renters insurance and even life insurance. We carry jumper cables in our cars along with a spare tire. Some of us have tire inflating devices and even extra windshield washer fluid. So, why is it then that the average family in America has, more often than not, less than a week’s worth of water and food on hand? Even most supermarkets have less than that. It could be needed at any time. Power outages, loss of employment, serious injury, accidental medical bills, civil unrest and the list goes on and on. I haven’t even mentioned all the potential natural emergencies that can happen. Long term water and food storage (I mean at least a week if not much more) is every bit as important as all those other insurance policies.

Water and food storage is an investment in your future. It is a way of life, not just a quick fix and storing what you eat and eating what you store will help you keep a solid investment. Your storage should not only match your lifestyle but it should be used and kept fresh. Get a five gallon water container for each person, fill it and store it. After six months use it and refill it. Using and rotating your freeze-dried and dehydrated foods and dry goods on a regular basis keeps your original investment from being wasted.

Please take this book to heart and, by all means, do as much more research into the subject as you can. Life, the actual staying alive part anyway, is not a game and being prepared for sudden emergency situations is not anything to laugh at. You don’t have to be a “survivalist” but being a “prepper” could well save your life and the lives of the ones you love.

Part One ~ Water, Water, Everywhere?
Chapter One ~ Necessity

Next to air, water is what humans need the most. Our bodies are about 80% liquids. Dehydration of 6 to 8% of the body’s weight results in decreased body efficiency. You are especially susceptible to dehydration on very hot or very cold environments. Both of those situations will have dry air that will suck the moisture out of your body. Extreme heat is of course the worst, but dehydration can occur in very cold environments as well. Within three days of bodily water loss, the whole body and its organs can experience major damage. Blood loses its density; heart attack and stroke possibilities multiply; the kidneys begin to fail; the brain begins to hallucinate.

We can lose fluids from our bodies by sweating, breathing, urinating, vomiting, crying and talking. Sweating is a normal bodily process that has a cooling effect as the moisture evaporates from the skin surface.  A person sitting in the shade when the temperature is around 70°F would lose about two quarts of fluid in a twenty-four hour period. You should keep your body temperature down to a minimum either by natural or artificial means.  It is important to keep activity down to a minimum and conserve existing body fluids. Breathing removes moisture from our lungs by condensation. Urinating is also a normal bodily process and cannot be prevented.  However, it should be held as long as possible to slow down this fluid loss from the body. Never drink urine unless it has been distilled and even then, only as a last case scenario. Vomiting can be avoided by leaving bad or harmful food well alone. Crying should also be avoided, but it may be difficult to convince a child of this.

You should drink according to your need. The average person should drink between 2 and 2½ quarts of water or other non-caffeinated liquids per day, but many people need more. This will depend on age, physical activity, physical condition and time of year. Carbonated beverages do not meet drinking-water requirements. Caffeinated drinks and alcohol dehydrate the body, which increases the need for drinking water. Never ration water unless ordered to do so by authorities. Drink the amount you need today and try to find more for tomorrow. Under no circumstances should a person drink less than one quart of water each day. Drink water that you know is not contaminated first. If necessary, suspicious water, such as cloudy water from regular faucets or muddy water from streams or ponds, can be used after it has been treated. If water treatment is not possible, put off drinking suspicious water as long as possible, but do not become dehydrated.

As a general rule, if you are in an active environment, you will need to drink two quarts of water per day. You should do all you can to obtain clean, potable water, to reduce activity and to stay in the shade. That is how you stay hydrated. You may have heard the rule of 1 gallon of water per person per day. The additional 2 quarts of water are for cooking, personal hygiene, sanitation, cleaning wounds, and reconstituting dehydrated foods including baby formula. You may need even more for medical emergencies.

Assuming you are healthy, have no water and the temperature is 100°F or less, you can survive anywhere from 3-10 days. If you are consuming water, even as little as a quart a day will help you last longer.


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