In an emergency that affects the water supply, you should not use contaminated water. You should always wash hands and face with water that is clean and drinkable – and frequently wash children’s hands, especially before meals. There is always a risk of disease from eating or drinking anything contaminated with floodwater.
FEMA recommends that water be stored for drinking in clean bathtubs, jugs or bottles. The AquaPodKit assures that your storage begins clean and stays that way. After an emergency, if you suspect damage to sewer lines, avoid using toilets and call a plumber to evaluate. If water pipes are damaged, contact the water company and do not use water from the tap.
The Red Cross recommends that water be stored in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break. A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day – heat and physical activity can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers and ill persons will need more. Store at least one gallon of clean water per person per day. In an emergency, it is recommended that everyone should keep at least a three day supply of water per person.