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Emergency Water Supply

When there is an emergency, a source of clean water is vital to your health and welfare, as well as that of your family. It is always a good idea to have a supply of bottled water in your home, and in your car.

A man made or a natural disaster can happen at any time and you should always be as prepared as you can. Just because you have never experienced an earthquake in your area doesn't mean that it can't happen. The same applies to hurricanes, tornados, tsunamis, and other events that can cause widespread damage and disrupt your regular water supply.

Your regular water supply, whether it be from the city or other municipality, a well, or even a river or stream, may become contaminated and undrinkable, or shut off altogether. It may take days or weeks to get it back online and during that time, you and your family will need to have water.

You may sustain serious injuries or you may not have the means to get to a store or other location to get clean water. Roads and highways may become blocked and unusable. Things like this do happen and should be recognized and acknowledged.

It is always a good idea to keep a few bottles of water, a first aid kit, and some canned food in the trunk of your car, too. You may be away from home when a disaster happens and you may have to live in your car for a time. To assure that the food and water in your car remains safe for consumption, it should be replaced regularly.

We often allow ourselves to be lulled into a false sense of security because disasters happen in other places but not here. A significant event may not happen in your lifetime, which is true, but then again, all it takes is one incident and your life can be turned upside down.

A few days or a week may not seem like a long time, but without clean water, a few days may become a lifetime. That is why it is so important to always have first aid and other emergency kits that you can easily access and have emergency and evacuation plans in order. You should hold disaster drills with your family, and above all, always have a clean supply of drinkable water close at hand, in the home and in the car.

Preparation for an earthquake, hurricane, tornado, flood, or any other disaster is your best defense, especially if you have children, disabled and/or elderly people living with you. You can call your local disaster preparedness center for more information on how to protect yourself if the unthinkable happens.

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