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Guide: Food, Water and Safety After a Disaster
7/23/07 Ready for Anything

Floods, Earthquakes and  Hurricane season as well as a lot of extreme weather make all of us think of what we might do if a disaster were to strike in our area. Here are some quick tips in a guide form we can all use.

  • Water is a necessity, keep a 3-5 day supply of bottled water on hand. One gallon per person, per day, should be sufficient for survival after a disaster. The Water Heater can be drained for additional water ( see the guide on how to drain water by clicking the link). DO NOT drink flood water after a disaster. If advised to boil tap water do so at a rolling boil for at least one minute.

  • Food Guide: Stress can cause us to lose our appetite, eat at least one good meal a day. You must keep up your health. Protect your food supply.

  • Get Help, don't try to take on the world alone, don't strain yourself, an injury won't help in a disaster and it shurly won't help you or your family survive. Get help with problems, lifting or other tasks and talk to others, do not isolate yourself.

  • Be Prepared, a little knowledge and preparation now go along way toward survival and comfort after a disaster, have supplies available beforehand. Don't wait until disaster strikes to get survival supplies. Be prepared with food and water as well as other survival supplies. Be prepared to leave (evacuate) if needed and decide where you will go and the route ahead of time. Don't wait until the last minute to leave. During a hurricane, storm surge can cut off escape routes many hours before the storm makes landfall. If everything is ok you can come back later.

  • Protect Vital Records Only you know your circumstances so you may need to be your own guide here. Records should at minimum include: Bank account information, credit cards, marriage and birth certificates, insurance policies, deeds, titles and other financial and personal records will be needed later. It's a good idea to protect them in a fire safe, sealed in leak proof plastic bags.

  • Stay out of dangerous places after a disaster, clean wounds in you are cut or scraped, coat with antibiotic ointment and bandage or seek medical attention. Don't take chances in high water, wrecked structures, fires, electricity, wires or any other danger. Wear protective boots. Be careful where you step. Remember you and your family have been through a lot already, don't make it more difficult by getting a injury.

  • Keep cool rational thinking alive. Do not rush into greater disaster by making rash decisions or actions.

  • Stay away from down power lines.

 More Preparation Tips For A Disaster Can Be Found Here

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Finding Drinkable Water
Fire Danger
Floods Get the Facts
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