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Managing Water

Water is an essential element to survival and a necessary item in an emergency supplies kit. Following a disaster, clean drinking water may not be available. Your regular water source could be cut-off or compromised through contamination. Prepare yourself by building a supply of water that will meet your family’s needs during an emergency.

How Much Water Do I Need?

You should store at least one gallon of water per person for three days. A normally active person needs about three quarters of a gallon of fluid daily, from water and other beverages. However, individual needs vary, depending on age, health, physical condition, activity, diet and climate.

To determine your water needs, take the following into account:

  • One gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation.
  • Children, nursing mothers and sick people may need more water.
  • A medical emergency might require additional water.
  • If you live in a warm weather climate more water may be necessary. In very hot temperatures, water needs can double.
  • Keep at least a three-day supply of water per person.

How Should I Store Water?

It is recommended you purchase commercially bottled water, in order to prepare the safest and most reliable emergency water supply. Keep bottled water in its original container and do not open until you need to use it. Observe the expiration or “use by” date. Store in cool, dark place.

Preparing Your Own Containers of Water

It is recommended you purchase food grade water storage containers from surplus or camping supplies stores to use for water storage.

Before filling with water, thoroughly clean the containers with dishwashing soap and water and rinse completely so there is no residual soap.

If you chose to use your own storage containers, choose two-liter plastic soft drink bottles – not plastic jugs or cardboard containers that have had milk or fruit juice in them. Milk protein and fruit sugars cannot be adequately removed from these containers and provide an environment for bacterial growth when water is stored in them. Cardboard containers also leak easily and are not designed for long-term storage of liquids. Also, do not use glass containers, because they can break and are heavy.

Storing Water in Plastic Soda Bottles

Follow these steps for storing water in plastic soda bottles.

Thoroughly clean the bottles with dishwashing soap and water, and rinse completely so there is no residual soap.

Sanitize the bottles by adding a solution of 1 teaspoon of non-scented liquid household chlorine bleach to a quart of water. Mix the sanitizing solution in the bottle so that it touches all surfaces. After sanitizing the bottle, thoroughly rinse out the sanitizing solution with clean water.

Fill the bottle to the top with regular tap water. If the tap water has been commercially treated from a water utility with chlorine, you do not need to add anything else to the water to keep it clean. If the water you are using comes from a well or water source that is not treated with chlorine, add two drops of non-scented liquid household chlorine bleach to the water. Let the water stand for 30 minutes before using.

A slight chlorine odor should be noticeable in the water, if not, add another dose of bleach and allow the water to stand another 15 minutes.

Tightly close the container using the original cap. Be careful not to contaminate the cap by touching the inside of it with your finger. Place a date on the outside of the container so you can know when you filled it. Store in cool, dark place.

Water can also be treated with water purification tablets that can be purchased at most sporting goods stores.

Water that has not been commercially bottled should be replaced every six months.

More information on water treatment is available at RedCross.org.

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Be Prepared for Disaters Even While Traveling and Staying at a Hotel! http://youtu.be/DkQNnjDpmRA

Be Prepared for Disaters Even While Traveling and Staying at a Hotel!

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During an extended power outage, ATMs & credit card machines may not work. Include extra $$ in your emergency kit. #NatlPrep

Get into the spirit of America’s PrepareAthon! Take action to prepare.  Build an emergency kit and register your activity: http://www.ready.gov/prepare #PrepareAthon

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Athens Co Rd 143, Potter Rd CLOSED, Archer Rd to US RTE 50, Wed, 9/17, 7AM to 7PM, please avoid this area

Athens Co Road Closed

The Athens County Engineer’s Office will be closing County Road 143, Potter Road County in Rome Township, between Township Road 144, Archer Road and US Route 50, on Wednesday, September 17th, 7:00am to 7:00pm, weather permitting. The roadway is being closed for roadway repaving. Please avoid this area.

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Athens Co Rd 143, Potter Rd CLOSED, Bethany Ridge Rd to Archer Rd, today Tue, 9/16, 3:30PM to 7PM, please avoid this area

Athens Co Road Closed

The Athens County Engineer’s Office will be closing County Road 143, Potter Road County in Rome Township, between Road 53, Bethany Ridge Road and Township Road 144, Archer Road, on today Tuesday, September 16th, 3:30pm to 7:00pm. The roadway is being closed for roadway repaving. Please avoid this area.

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AthensCo Rd 62, N Torch Rd, CLOSED, Murphy Rd to Sawyers Rd, on Tue, 9/16. Please avoid this area.

Athens Co Road Closed

The Athens County Engineer’s Office will be closing County Road 62, North Torch Road in Troy Township, between Township Road 178, Murphy Road and Township Road 179, Sawyers Run Road, on Tuesday, September 16th, 7:00am to 7:00pm, weather permitting. The roadway is being closed for culvert replacement. Please avoid this area.

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Take action by building an emergency preparedness kit. Tips: www.ready.gov/kit #PrepareAthon

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Athens Co Rd 53, Lottridge Rd CLOSED, Varner Rd to US RTE 50, on Tue, 9/16, 7AM to 7PM, please avoid this area.

Athens Co Road Closed

The Athens County Engineer’s Office will be closing County Road 53, Lottridge Road in Carthage Township, between Township Road 117, Varner Road and US Route 50, on Tuesday, September 16th, 7:00am to 7:00pm, weather permitting. The roadway is being closed for roadway repaving. Please avoid this area.

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Athens Co Rd 53, Lottridge Rd CLOSED, S Rodehaver Rd to Varner Rd, on Mon, 9/15, 7AM to 7PM, please avoid this area.

Athens Co Road Closed

The Athens County Engineer’s Office will be closing County Road 53, Lottridge Road in Rome Township, between County Road 57, South Rodehaver Road and Township Road 117, Varner Road, on Monday, September 15th, 7:00am to 7:00pm, weather permitting. The roadway is being closed for roadway repaving. Please avoid this area.

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Week 3: How To build an emergency kit. Tips: http://go.usa.gov/5MDw #NatlPrep

It’s the 3rd Week of National Preparedness Month. Learn How To build an emergency kit.  For more tips and information visit: http://www.ready.gov/kit #NatlPrep

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