weather emergency

    Published: February 25, 2015

    Preparing for a Weather Emergency

    weather emergencyExtreme weather events can leave you stranded in your home, without electricity, food, or a reliable water source. In such cases, it’s important to have an adequate supply of nonperishable food and water.

    Emergency Food Supplies
    FEMA recommends maintaining enough nonperishable food to feed everyone in the house for at least three days. Depending on your location and the type of emergencies your region is most susceptible to, you may want to store enough food for up to a week.

    Emergency food should be non-perishable and ready-to-eat. If the power’s out you won’t be cooking, and you’ll want to conserve water for drinking, not food preparation. Common emergency foods include:

    • Canned meats, fruits, and vegetables
    • Fruit and protein bars
    • Peanut butter
    • Dried fruit and nuts
    • Unsalted crackers
    • Canned juice
    • Infant food (if applicable)

    Avoid salty foods, which can leave you thirsty, and choose canned food with high liquid content to help keep you hydrated. Consider companies like Wise Company who provides quality prepared meals in emergency food kits. Kits include freeze-dried meats, fruits, and vegetables in meal quantities ranging from one month to one year. If a family member has dietary restrictions, plan accordingly. Be sure to include a can opener in your emergency kit, and pack a few comfort foods to keep kids happy and help alleviate your own stress. If you’ve got pets, consider their food needs as well.

    Safe Water Storage
    It’s recommended people have at least a three-day supply of water per person, or one gallon per person per day. You can store commercially-bought bottled water in a cool, dark place. If you have advance warning of an emergency, you can also prepare your own containers of water. Don’t assume your tap water will be safe during or after the emergency—your water supply may be contaminated or cut off completely.

    This is where a Pelican whole house water filter with UV can make a major difference in recovering from an emergency. A water filtration system ensures you have clean, pure water for storage, but the added UV protection can eliminate contaminants and microorganisms that may have infiltrated the water supply during an emergency. A UV water disinfection system destroys 99.9% of viruses and bacteria without affecting the taste or odor of water.

    To store filtered water, thoroughly clean any containers with dishwashing soap and water. Commercially available food grade water containers used for camping are your best choice, although thoroughly cleaned two-liter plastic soft drink bottles will do in a pinch. Do not store water in plastic milk or juice containers, which cannot be adequately cleaned. Note: water that is not commercially bottled cannot be safely stored for longer than six months.

    Non-potable water
    While you’re preparing drinking water, spare a thought to your non-potable needs. Milk jugs may be unsuitable for drinking water, but they’re just fine for storing water needed to flush the toilet. You should also consider filling your bathtub with water for washing. Nothing makes you appreciate indoor plumbing like an interruption in your water supply!