Hurricane And Disaster Preparation
Hurricane and disaster preparation took on new meaning after Hurricane Katrina destroyed a whole city in a day. It was a wake up call for everyone around the nation, because a disaster can happen at any time. Even if you do not live in a hurricane area, you most likely live where there is the possibility of experiencing an earthquake or flooding.
HAVE A GOOD PLAN AND PREPARE A SURVIVAL KIT
There are many government and private agencies that have issued emergency planning guidelines. Hurricane and disaster preparation plans always have storing food and water near the top of the list. You need both food and water, but you can only go without water for a few days. Trying to find emergency water after a disaster is too late.
Putting together a good survival kit can be a real challenge if you do it piece by piece. We recommend you purchase a Survival Kit. They can be reasonably purchased with your specific needs in mind and come in various sizes to accommodate individuals to large families. They can be purchased for use at home, in the car while traveling, at the office, in your school. Kits can even be purchased to meet the needs of your pet.
A RELIABLE SOURCE OF WATER IS ESSENTIAL
A hurricane and disaster preparation kit should include safely stored water. The American Red Cross recommends “at least three gallons of water per person”. That is only enough water for drinking. You will also need water for other purposes.
When you are storing water it is actually better to store more than three gallons per person as part of the hurricane and disaster preparation plan if possible. You will need uncontaminated water for routine activities taken for granted before the disaster:
- Washing dishes
- Washing food for cooking
- Making formula
- Re-hydrating food or water
- Brushing teeth
- Sanitizing baby bottles
- Cleaning food counters
- Washing hands
Of course, it is impossible to store big containers of water for extended periods of time, because most houses do not have enough storage space. Hurricane and disaster preparation is about being able to survive without injury or sickness due to interrupted services such as power and water. There is more than one approach to making sure you have enough water no matter what happens.
USE A GRAVITY FILTRATION DEVISE TO PROVIDE LONG-TERM WATER NEEDS
You can store some bottled water, but a hurricane and disaster preparation kit should also include personal water filters. The problem with a disaster is you never know how long you will have to go without municipal services. The people who endured Hurricane Katrina never expected to have to supply their own water for weeks. The best alternative to storing large amounts of water is keeping a filtration system on hand.
Today there are many choices in emergency person water filtration bottles. There are even larger units that can filter gallons of water if necessary. Filtration bottles are now available that filter a lot more than just bacteria. They can filter sediment, pathogens, chemicals, and even many metals. This is important to have in a hurricane and disaster preparation kit, because hurricanes and other disasters contaminate waters with all of these materials.
When you are determining the amount of water you need to be able to purify after a disaster, take into account the physical requirements of your family. Medical conditions, activity levels and age can all affect the need for water. You need to always be able to make clean water. It is important to not take your water supply for granted, because it can be interrupted in a minute. Water contaminated as a result of a disaster is undrinkable under any condition. The introduction of bacteria and parasites to the water from decaying organic material, broken sewer lines, and animal feces can cause life threatening diseases and illnesses.
THE WATER YOU DRINK MAY NOT BE AS SAFE AS YOU THINK.
We’ve found that the most efficient, cost effective, low maintenance, longest lasting system of water treatment is a gravity fed water purification system.. It’s what we use and recommend for you and your loved ones.
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