Top 10 things you need to know about water in an emergency.
10) IN AN EMERGENCY, YOUR WATER CAN BECOME DANGEROUSLY CONTAMINATED.
After the initial danger from an earthquake or hurricane or other disaster has passed, the most significant risk to your family’s health could very likely be contaminated water. This is especially true if there is flooding, damage to underground pipes and electricity blackouts. Your tap water (if it’s still flowing) could be contaminated with sewage (bacteria, viruses and parasites) and chemicals from ruptured chemical pipelines, storage tanks, tankers or damaged refineries. The Japanese Fukushima nuclear accident demonstrates that our water can even become contaminated from events that happen hundreds or thousands of miles away.
9) SAFE DRINKING WATER IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PREP.
It’s important to be prepared for an emergency, but keep in mind the priority of your preparation items. Removing your family from imminent danger, such as getting to high ground if a tsunami is headed your way, keeping your family warm in winter and providing your family with a safe supply of drinking water are at the top of the list. If you don’t have a safe supply of water, you could quickly find yourself in a very dangerous situation in which you are sick, panicked, and unable to think and function properly.