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  • Drinking Water in Emergencies Matt Stevenson, CPP
  • Water in Disaster, a Critical Need
    • One of the most critical needs for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina*
    • was clean drinking water. According to Kellogg Schwab, PhD, co-director
    • of the Center for Water and Health at the Bloomberg School of Public
    • Health, survivors in many areas face a double threat from a lack of
    • drinking water and sewage treatment.
    • Without electricity, water pumps and waste water treatment plants
    • cannot function. To make matters worse, flood waters can overload the
    • sewage system contaminating flooded areas.
    • Schwab says a lack of drinking water, poor sanitation and the close
    • quarters offered in many emergencies shelters create ripe conditions
    • for spreading many communicable diseases, such as cholera, E. coli and
    • Noro viruses. “It does not take many microbes or sick people to spread
    • disease, particularly when they are living together in a shelter,” says
    • Schwab.
    • Source; John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
    • * Hurricane Katrina 2005; 1,836 fatalities,
  • Bottling your own Water is Safe and Easy
    • This hurricane season, invest in plastic water containers for your family instead
    • of buying bottled water. Plastic water containers — the kind used for
    • camping and other outdoor activities — are available in a variety of sizes, from
    • 4-10 gallons or more.
    • Some are even collapsible to fold easily for storage. They can be purchased at
    • sporting goods stores and are built to last for years of use. Calculate about one
    • gallon per person, per day. Be sure to include enough water for your pets as well.
    • Don’t fill your containers up in advance and store them; the water can get stale.
    • Wait until a hurricane warning has been posted for your area, clean and rinse
    • the container, then fill it with fresh water from your tap.
    • Source; Miami-Dade County Official Hurricane Guide
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  • Water Storage Tips
    • Store water in plastic containers such as plastic as soft
    • Drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or
    • break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles.
    • A normally active person needs to drink at least 2 quarts of
    • water each day. Hot environments and intense physical
    • activity can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers
    • and ill people will need more.
    • Store one gallon of water per person per day (two quarts for drinking, two quarts for food preparation/sanitation)
    • Keep at least a three day supply of water for each
    • person in your household.
    • Source; Your Family Disaster Supplies Kit;
    • FEMA , American Red Cross
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  • Emergency Situation Disinfecting Dinking Water
    • When boiling off water for 1 minute is not possible in an emergency situation, you can
    • disinfect your drinking water with Clorox® Regular-Bleach as follows:
    • Remove suspended particles by filtering or letting particles settle to
    • the bottom.
    • Pour off clear water into a clean container.
    • 3. Add 8 drops of Clorox® Regular-Bleach (not scented or Clorox® Plus®
    • bleaches) to one gallon of water (2 drops to 1 quart). For cloudy
    • water, use 16 drops per gallon of water (4drops to 1 quart).
    • 4. Allow the treated water to stand for 30 minutes. Water should have a
    • slight bleach odor. If not, repeat and wait another 15 minutes. The
    • treated water can then be made palatable by pouring it between
    • clean containers several times.
    • Source; www.Clorox.com
  • 5 Gallon Fold-A-Carrier Collapsible Water Storage
    • Container collapsible plastic container
    • conveniently carries or stores
    • water. On/off spigot locks closed
    • to avoid messy spills, strong
    • plastic handle folds flat. 5 gal. -10"
    • cube when full, Large neck
    • opening lets you add ice cubes,
    • FDA, food approved plastic is
    • flexible even in extreme cold,
    • made of Low Density Polyethylene
    • Source; campingcomfortably.com .
  • Emergency Drinking Water Storage
    • The waterBOB® is a water containment
    • system that holds up to 100 gallons of
    • fresh drinking water in any standard
    • bathtub in the event of an emergency.
    • Price of only $19.95 + $4.95 Shipping
    • www.waterbob.com/
  • Sanitizing Water
    • Boiling can be used as a
    • pathogen reduction method
    • that should kill all pathogens.
    • Water should be brought to
    • a rolling boil for 1 minute. At
    • altitudes greater than 6,562
    • feet (greater than 2000
    • meters), you should boil
    • water for 3 minutes.
    • Source; Center for Disease Control
  • Reusable Emergency Water Storage Unit
    • Emergency preparedness includes
    • safe drinking water this unit stores
    • 65 gallons of water, a 14 day
    • supply for a family of four. This unit
    • sells for $58.95 and may be
    • purchased at
    • safehomeproducts.com.
    • This unit is reusable as it comes
    • with 3 liners. Comes with a
    • pump to remove water.
  • Emergency Water Purification
    • Medentech works with key international NGOs to reduce suffering during
    • human and Natural disasters. With 25 years experience in responding
    • To disasters around the world Medentech is well positioned in helping with
    • any crisis. Medentech has stock of water purification tablets on hand in 20
    • Countries around the world to aid speedy distribution when a disaster
    • strikes. For further information contact Michael Gately on +353 53 9117900
    • or email info@medentech.com 24 hour – 7 day – 365 days emergency
    • direct availability via our emergency system. Crisis readiness .
    • We hold 20+ million tablets in stock at all times for emergency situations
    • both at our Wexford factory and at Butyl Products Ltd. UK Warehouse link:
    • www.butylproducts.co.uk Boiling can be used as a pathogen reduction
    • method that should kill all pathogens.