Are You Prepared for Disasters and Emergencies
Will You Have Water During Times of Emergency?
We read about warnings about the inevitability of big earthquakes off the Northwest coast and subsequent tsunamis. We're told that fault lines in California, Alaska, Utah and Missouri could shift at any time.
Kenneth Murphy, who directs FEMA’s Region X, the division responsible for Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska, is concerned about the lack of preparations for a large-scale earthquake. While we know that it we can survive for a number of days without food, we know we can survive only a few days without water. In the event of a disaster or emergency, your family’s access to clean, safe water could be compromised for many days. After a tsunami hit Japan in 2011, many were isolated and without help for a couple of weeks.
If these natural disaster happened, could you provide food and water for your family until infrastructure is restored?
2.5 Million People May be Without Food & Water
Even if you live thousands of miles away from an earthquake-affected area (or any type of disaster for that matter), you will probably still feel the effects in some way.
Damage on a single interstate freeway could thwart or at least slow down shipping supply lines and cause scarcity of many commodities. We can’t all make a run for Florida and North Dakota (the parts of the country with the fewest earthquakes), but we can and should do things to prepare no matter where we live.
It is recommended that every household create an emergency supply kit that includes a three-day supply of food, water and other essentials.
How to Have Safe Drinking Water in Times of Emergency
Often during times of disaster, municipal water systems and water wells are contaminated and can result in unsafe water entering homes and businesses.
FEMA and The Red Cross recommend an emergency supply of at least one gallon of potable water per person per day. Since the average person uses 80-100 gallons of water on a normal day, one gallon of water isn't much!
But storing water takes up a lot of space, and stored water must regularly be rotated to ensure it is clean and ready for drinking.
Solutions for Emergency Water
Consider investing in water treatment drops or a water purification system for use during emergencies.
Solution #1 Water Treatment Drops: A small 1-ounce bottle of chlorine dioxide droplets can effectively treat up to 30 gallons of water. This is an inexpensive way to treat water.
Solution #2 Emergency Water Purification System: When municipal supplies are compromised or are not available for longer periods, a gravity-powered system may be the perfect solution for your household. One such system, The Outback, is capable of purifying water for up to eight people and can cleanse water from almost any fresh or moving water source. The Outback's design has been proven effective by rescue, relief and religious organizations in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia and is widely used by missionary and government organizations throughout the world.
The Outback effectively removes bacteria at > 99.9999%, cysts at > 99.99%, virus at > 99.99%, organic contaminates, pesticides, herbicides, chlorine, and more. Operation is simple, just poor water into the upper chamber through the pre-filter net and wait for the water to filter down to the lower chamber.
With treatment drops and emergency water purification systems, you can provide your household with clean, safe drinking water when it’s needed most. Learn more about emergency water preparedness: Emergency Systems