Preparing for Hurricane Season

    Published: September 29, 2015

    Hurricane Season Facts & Preparation

    Because hurricanes often cause severe flooding, they can compromise or contaminate local water supplies, including water served from large public water companies. To make sure you’re prepared for a potential water shortage, it’s important to learn the proper way to respond to and prepare for hurricane flooding.

    Know What to Do

    During the height of hurricane season from June 1 through November 30, state and local officials carefully monitor water quality to ensure that potential contaminants are identified in a timely manner. In the event of local or widespread contamination, the federal government recommends the following steps:

    • If possible, drink stored or bottled water that hasn’t been exposed to contaminants.
    • If you don’t have enough stored water, boil tap water to kill any potential pathogens.
    • If the water appears cloudy, filter it through a clean cloth or wait for it to settle and collect the clear water for boiling.
    • After boiling the water for at least 60 seconds, let it cool and store it in clean, covered containers.

    Last Resorts

    When residents lose power during a hurricane, many individuals may find themselves unable to boil water. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in these situations you can add 1/8 teaspoon (or 8 drops) of unscented, regular, liquid household bleach to disinfect one gallon of water.

    Hidden Water Sources

    In the event of a clean water shortage, you can find hydration in some unexpected places throughout the home. These include:

    • Water inside your home water heater tank
    • Melted iced cubes
    • Water from inside the toilet tank (not the bowl)
    • Liquid from canned vegetables and fruit

    Advanced Preparation

    As a Pelican Water customer with filtered water, you can purchase storage bottles and fill them with drinking water to store for potential emergencies. More often than not, disasters occur without warning, so take the time to prepare to keep your family healthy, safe, and hydrated.

    Disclaimer: The information on this website has not been reviewed by the FDA. Products offered for sale herein are not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. No medical claims are being made or implied. Contaminants mentioned are not necessarily in your water.