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Bleach for Water Purification

I see FEMA, the American Red Cross and others all recommending liquid Clorox, Purex or chlorine as a method for water purification in an emergency.  Bleach can be a good method of water purification, except they don’t mention that  liquid bleach has a shelve-life.

Clorox states on their website that bleach should be replaced every year.  This is for laundry use.  For water purification purposes, bleach has started to lose its strength at six months.  It takes about 4-8 weeks from the time chlorine bleach is made to reach your home. This leaves you 3-5 months where the bleach is at the effectiveness level stated on its label.…

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What About Your Food Storage after a Flood?

What do you do with your food after your basement has flooded?  First, do not eat any food that has come in contact with floodwater.  Consider the flood water to be contaminated.

Get rid of the following types of food.

  • Opened containers and packages which have come in contact with floodwaters.
  • Unopened jars and bottles with screw top lids such as those containing mayonnaise or salad dressing.  The water will get up into the threads and you cannot decontaminate them.
  • Any foods in paper, cloth, fiber or cardboard boxes, even if the contents seem dry.  This includes salt, cereals, pasta products, rice and any sealed packages of crackers, cookies or mixes.
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The Lack of Sanitation can Kill You

During all the wars the United States fought prior to World War II, more men died of disease than combat.  We are lucky to live in a country and era in which good sanitation is available.

When I was a child in South Africa, I can remember going to the butcher shop and seeing the meat hanging up, unprotected from the flies.  The butcher would slap the meat to shoo the flies off and cut the piece you wanted.  You would then take it home, wash it and cook it before the maggots could hatch.

In England and Europe during World War II lack of soap was a major problem. …

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