How to Turn Ice and Snow into Water

Experienced security professional Emblez Longoria specializes in implementing protective measures for Verizon Communications. He strives to maintain a secure workplace by raising awareness of proper security procedures and coaching key individuals. An avid backpacker, hiker, and hunter, Emblez Longoria spends as much of his spare time as possible outdoors.

Wilderness living often implies an ability to convert ice and snow into water properly. When attempting to melt snow, do not fill the heating pan to the top, as you could burn a hole in the bottom of the pan on account of snow’s insular properties. Instead, heat but a small amount, adding additional small amounts over time. If you are concerned about the possibility of germs in the melted water, boil it for at least 10 minutes.

To melt snow without the benefit of a heat-proof pan, improvise with, for example, a t-shirt to create a porous container. Support this container over the fire with sticks or skis so that it will melt into a collection container.

If you have no heating fuel, look on dark rocks where snow and ice are likely to melt from the heat of the sun. Listen for the sound of running water. Collect the water in bottles during the day, when it is more plentiful, and store them in your sleeping bag to prevent their freezing.

Avoid, if possible, sucking on ice or snow. Doing so lowers your core temperature and increases your risk of hypothermia.


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Emblez Longoria

A Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and Physical Security Professional (PSP), Emblez Longoria claims more than two decades of experience in the security field. In 1988, Mr. Longoria enlisted with the New Jersey State Police, working his way up to Senior Trooper before retiring in 2003. In this role, Mr. Longoria served as an advanced crash investigator, a crime- and loss-prevention officer, and undercover agent, in addition to handling complex cases. He also was named a Squad Leader, supervising eight other officers. From 2002 to 2008, Emblez Longoria acted as a Certification Board Member, Vice Chairman, and Chairman of the Alexandria, Virginia-based Crime and Loss Prevention Council of ASIS International. While with the council, Mr. Longoria established a number of committees tasked with outlining security guidelines and best practices, among other contributions. In 2004, Mr. Longoria joined Verizon Communications Inc. as a Senior Security Consultant. He now assists with the protection of corporate assets and participates in a number of special security projects. Emblez Longoria graduated summa cum laude from Rosemont College with a Bachelor's degree in Management in 2003 and expects to receive his Master’s degree in Management in December 2011. An outdoorsman, Emblez Longoria enjoys backpacking, hiking, hunting, and fishing in his leisure time. He also frequently tests and reviews outdoor equipment. Mr. Longoria resides in Pennsylvania. Mr. Longoria has supported a number of nonprofit organizations, including The Salvation Army, Goodwill Industries International, Inc., and The Hunger Project.

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