Are you prepared for an earthquake, fire, or other emergency?
The following handout provided by our wholesaler, the San Diego County Water Authority, lists earthquake preparedness tips to keep as a handy reference in the event of an emergency that could affect your ability to receive tap water.
Sign up for emergency alerts
For County-wide emergency alerts, including water-related emergencies, register your cell phone or email address with AlertSanDiego.
Other good emergency information sources:Preparedness:
American Red Cross FEMA
National Safety Council
Ready San Diego
CAL Office of Emergency Services - Tool to discover hazards in your area (earthquake, flood, fire, tsunami) and reduce personal risk.
Emergency news: sdcountyemergency.com
Essential community services info: Dial 211
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How to Store and Disinfect Water
If you don’t already have an emergency water supply, spend a few hours putting it together.
- Store in a cool, dark place at least a week’s supply of drinking water for each family member (one gallon per person per day)
- Store at least 2 gallons of water in your vehicle
- Store additional water for hygiene, cooking, and pets
- Replace your stored water every six months
- Clean, heavy, opaque bottles with screw on lids are preferable for storing water
Alternate Water Sources
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and The American Red Cross recommend the following:
- Boil for 5-10 minutes, or
- Add 8 drops of non-concentrated household bleach solution per gallon of water or 5 drops of concentrated household bleach per gallon of clear water, mix well and let stand for 30 minutes. If the water is cloudy, add 5-10 more drops of bleach. A slight smell or taste of chlorine indicates water is adequately disinfected, or
- Add 20 drops of 2% USP tincture of iodine per gallon of water. If water is cloudy, add 20 more drops and let stand 30 minutes, or
- Use commercial purification tablets and follow package instructions
More information is available at the U.S. EPA website.