Monday, August 24, 2015

Earthquake! Prepare now! Week 2 Aug 24

Week 2  Aug 24

Emergency Water Storage And Purification

Following are recommendations for storing and purifying water supplies:
  • Close Up of Water BottlesThe minimum drinking water supply is 1 gallon per person per day. You will also need water for food preparation, bathing, brushing teeth, and dish washing. Store a 3-5 day supply of water (at least 5 gallons for each person).
  • Water should be stored in sturdy plastic bottles with tight-fitting lids. Rinsed chlorine bleach bottles work well for water storage. Plastic containers for juice and milk do not work as well because they tend to crack and leak more readily. All containers should be labeled.
  • Stored water should be changed every 6 months.
  • Avoid placing water containers in areas where toxic substances, such as gasoline and pesticides, are present. Vapors may penetrate the plastic over time.
  • Do not store water containers in direct sunlight. Select a place with a fairly constant, cool temperature.
It is a good idea to put together a first aid kit for your car also. 
Since we are talking about the car....what if you are at work and overpasses are down?  How are you going to get home to your family?  If you do need to walk, it's a good idea to have tennis shoes and jacket, water, power bars in your trunk, even a whole "go-kit" if you can.  We can go into that more later.

Hopefully you have your first aid kit together since last week, or at least you are on your way.
Don't forget to add in your kit:
family medications
emergency phone numbers *
AND while we are at it, put in your calendar right NOW, 6 months ahead, to check your supplies and their expiration dates and change out what need to be updated. (Especially water and meds and batteries!) 

A metal trash can if you are storing any supplies in your shed, etc.  They have them at OSH.  Rodents can't get through metal vs. plastic.
       You can put a table round with a long tablecloth on top of a trash can and it looks like a table for storage in the house.  Put it in a place easy to get at from an outside door. 
Radio and batteries.  

Just a thought.....We keep our camping supplies near the garage door.  Just in case. . .

To me I sound like I am really paranoid, but really after you set this all up you feel that you have really gotten it all together.

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