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The Berkey water filter is the simplest, most effective method of water treatment available. All things taken together your Berkey can provide you with high quality water in almost any circumstance where fresh water is available - pond, pool, lake, river, stream or puddle. Everyday or in an emergency your Berkey filter works because it uses no electricity. No other water filter can match the Berkey water filter for all-around convenience. Information is the key to good decision making and we at Berkey Water Fitler System hope these articles help you to make the decision to make a Berkey part of your healthy lifestyle.

Berkey Helps with Disaster Preparation Services

Berkey Water filters can be an important part of being prepared. With the ever increasing threat of terrorist activity in the USA, disaster preparation services have taken on new meaning. Before 9/11 American citizens worried mostly about having water for natural disasters, which is just as important as having it on hand in the event of an attack on the USA soil. But as a result of terrorist activity, the Homeland Security department has been formed in order to assist Americans with being prepared for any kind of attack that could interrupt important services. That being said remember this important fact - Till help arrives you may be in charge. Having prepared for the eventuality that water may not be available by having a Berkey water filter can be a real lifesaver - literally.

Attacking the Problem - Berkey to the Rescue while you wait for Help

The Homeland Security department is not the only source of disaster preparation services. Other disaster services agencies include the following.

  • American Red Cross
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Center for Disease Control (CDC)
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • National Center for Disaster Preparedness
  • CitizenCorps

This is just a partial list of major agencies providing disaster preparation services. When you visit the websites of the various agencies, one fact becomes crystal clear. A disaster can take many forms and result in water becoming a valuable commodity. You can help prepare by having a Berkey water filter on hand when disaster strikes.

Man-Made or Mother Nature - Either Can Leave You Without a Source of Safe Drinking Water - You Will Be Glad for Your Berkey

Berkey is a simple low-cost effective solution when electricity is no longer available. It can use water from any fresh water source, just not salt water.
Here are just a partial list of the possible disasters, man-made and natural that can affect you:

  • Chemical or biological acts of terrorism
  • Nuclear attack
  • Blizzards
  • Flood
  • Volcano
  • Tsunami
  • Earthquake
  • Tornado
  • Hurricane

When a country is as large and geographically diverse as the United States, people in different regions must be prepared for a variety of possible disaster occurrences. Disaster preparation services provide planning guidelines for all types of potential disasters, but one common thread is the need to have almost immediate access to clean water. The events surrounding hurricane Katrina should have give us a clue as to what happens when water is not accessible. Berkey can;t make water but your Berkey can make contaminated water safe and that may make all the difference.

You can have water everywhere and still have none to drink if it is contaminated. You must be prepared to have clean water before you lose your water supply. That is why all the agencies have similar recommendations concerning emergency water.

  • Healthy humans need at least one gallon of water per day to maintain good health
  • People most at risk such as young children or people who are sick may need more water than a healthy person
  • Hot climates causing excessive sweating means more water will be required each day to prevent dehydration
  • Maintain a supply of water that will last for 3 days per person
  • Insure water is safe to drink by running any water you have stored through your Berkey prior to drinking.

With the wonderful advances in personal filtering devices, you can also keep a Portable Berkey water filtering bottle(s) on hand. There are many brands  and even the smallest units will filter hundreds of gallons of water. By keeping personal filtering devices like the Berkey portable water filter on hand that don't require electricity, you can be assured of access to water even if your stored water resources run out.

Disaster preparation services are available to every citizen. Most agencies, including Homeland Security, have state agencies that are most familiar with the type of disaster that can occur in your region. Of course, a terrorist attack can occur anywhere.

The municipal water treatment plants have disaster preparation services you can access also. The plants themselves are monitored and secured on a 24-hour basis, but Mother Nature can overcome any security device! For that reason alone you should be prepared to always have a source of purified drinking water on hand. Keeping water pure during storage is difficult so the best method is to stroe water and then run it through a Berkey filter prior to use.

Do not be one of the people who delays assembling a disaster or emergency preparedness kit. As they say: forewarned is forearmed. Even if you never experience a terrorist attack, a flood, hurricane or earthquake can happen at any time. If you don't think it can happen to you, talk to people in New Orleans, Japan, and Indonesia who went without water for weeks because of natural disasters.

Here's Why Berkey Water Filter is Such a Great Alternative:

  • Your Berkey is long-lasting
  • Your Berkey use results in a minimal amount of waste
  • Your Berkey is low-tech, simple solutions rule at Berkey
  • Your Berkey water filter environmental impact is very low
  • Your Berkey is highly effective
  • Your Berkey use no electricity which makes it valuable in an emergency.
  • Your Berkey is YOUR BERKEY meaning that you are in control of the quality of your water.
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