Water Filters for Emergency Water

    Published: September 9, 2014

    Emergency Preparedness: Response Planning, Tools and Resources

    Natural and manmade disasters can disrupt your ability to access clean, sanitized drinking water. If a hurricane, earthquake, or winter storm strikes your community, you could go days or even weeks without electricity or water. By knowing how to respond to an unforeseen catastrophe, you can keep yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy while help arrives.

    Expert Guidelines

    The Red Cross, EPA, FEMA, and Department of Homeland Security have all outlined specific steps you should take if a disaster interrupts your community’s water supply. They include:

    • If possible, use bottled water that hasn’t been exposed to potentially contaminated flood waters.
    • If you don’t have access to bottled water, boil your water for at least 60 seconds to kill any disease-causing organisms that may be present.
    • If the available water is cloudy, allow it to settle and then filter it through clean cloths.
    • Never ration your drinking water unless you’ve been ordered to do so by local or federal authorities.
    • Drink at least a quart (four cups) of water each day if possible.
    • Minimize water loss by staying cool and reducing physical activity.
    • Drink safe water first, saving any contaminated water as a last resort.
    • Never drink carbonated beverages as a replacement for water, since this can increase dehydration.
    • Turn off your main water valves to protect the water already in your home from contamination.

    This last step is quite critical, because it can maintain access to gallons of clean drinking water. Take steps now to ensure that everyone in your household knows exactly how to turn off the main water valve before a disaster strikes.

    Emergency Water Sources

    As a Pelican customer with filtered water you can buy storage bottles and fill them yourself in advance of an emergency, you can also buy smaller sports bottles from Pelican to maintain your hydration. You can find hidden safe drinking water in ice trays, hot water tanks, and pipes within your home. That said, never drink water from swimming pools, toilet flush tanks, waterbeds, radiators, or hot tubs.

    More often than not, disasters strike without warning. Although most of us endure busy schedules that leave little free time, it’s important to take steps to prepare for potential catastrophes, so you can keep your family safe, healthy, and hydrated.