Let’s pretend that a natural disaster befell your city. If you live in the Gulf Coast area, it would likely be a hurricane. Some other places might experience volcanoes, avalanches, tornadoes, floods, fires, earthquakes, tsunamis, or other catastrophes.
Whatever your region, most people will rush to the stores when they learn something is coming (or just after it hits.) Am I right? I know. I have done it. And I have found store shelves nearly bare.
But some prepare in advance. They pack a go-bag with their most important documents, medicines, photographs, clothes, food, and other essentials.
If you are a nurse, and most of the readers here are, then you probably prioritize your disaster preparing a little differently than others.
As plumbers and electricians scramble to save their favorite tools, you rush to make sure your first-aid kit is stocked with life-saving gear for any calamity that comes along.
You, as nurses, know that safe drinking water is often one of the biggest problems people face after a disaster. And you know how important safe water is for drinking and washing the inevitable injuries that always seem to accompany such situations.
So of course, you will, of course, have some type of water purification device in your kit – sufficient for your own family and probably extra for neighbors. After all, you are the nurse. Family, friends, and neighbors depend on you to help them with problems that are overwhelming to them – but are a piece of cake for you.
So go ahead and drink that nasty water. LifeStraw Personal Water Filter and LifeStraw Family 1.0 Water Purifier will make it safe. I know. It sounds unappetizing now. But when all heck breaks loose, you’ll be glad you are prepared – and so will all those that you save alive.
After all – that’s what you do. You’re a nurse.