How to survive without water

Water for disaster preparedness

There is NO way to survive without water. Health experts agree that most people can not go more than 2-4 days without water.  This narrow window of time varies depending on age, activity levels, overall health, height, weight, ambient temperature, and humidity.

As you start to become dehydrated or lose water, a series of symptoms will develop. You will become thirsty and have a craving to drink; then, you’ll start to feel sluggish or tired. What follows is a headache that can lead to dizziness and confusion; your muscles will begin to cramp. The more you become dehydrated, the more you will lose the ability to sweat, which will cause your internal body temperature to rise, leading to a life-threatening condition called heat stroke. When heat stroke ensues, you can experience swelling in the brain, changes in blood pressure, and seizures.

It is harder to correct these problems when you get into the heatstroke area. Truly the best treatment is prevention. When you are in a warm environment, you should be prepared to drink 1.5 – 3 liters of water. This can be accomplished by bringing the water with you or learning how to acquire it from your surroundings. You can get water from man-made sources such as portable or fixed storage tanks, municipal water systems, and bottled water. You can also find it in natural sources such as lakes, rivers, ponds, underground, and from some plants.

Remember that any water suspected of containing bacteria or viruses must be purified. One of the effects of drinking “dirty” water can be vomiting or diarrhea, further increasing your dehydration. Several ways to purify water include boiling, filtration, or chemically treating it. We can teach you how and where to find a good water source and make almost any water safe to drink.to find a good water source and make almost any water safe to drink.

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