Day 12- National Preparedness Month- We take access to clean water for granted everyday- just open the tap and it comes out. Disruptions to municipal water supply operations or contaminated water sources can cause severe problems in times of disaster.
In early August of this year the water supply for 400,000 people in the Toledo, Ohio area was contaminated by toxic algae blooms. Although this has happened in the past, tens of thousands of residents did not prepare and have an adequate supply of drinkable water available. This lasted several days. In January of this year, 300,000 residents were told not to use their water for ten days following a massive chemical spill.
Although FEMA formally suggests having a 3 day supply of 1 gallon per person or pet on hand, this is a bare minimum, and they have looked at increasing the amount on hand to 5-7 days.
Here is a link from the CDC on water storage and preparation tips- another good page to print out and have in your emergency kit:
Day 11- National Preparedness Month:
September 11th is a difficult day for everyone on Long Island. In an attempt to make lemonade out of lemons, it can serve as a reminder that any sort of disaster can strike with or without notice.
One of the issues on 9/11, as well as other disasters, was disruption of cell communications. During a time of crisis, a large volume of calls to cell phones will tie up systems (think about New Year’s Eve when the ball drops). Of course cell towers being inoperable due to damage or power outage does not help. This is true to 911 as well- listing your municipality’s Office of Emergency Management number as well as community resources in your disaster plan is important. .
It is important to try to incorporate out of state emergency contacts into your disaster plan- write it down and store it in a secure location in a zip lock bag (wet paper can’t be read too easily). At times, people in a disaster zone can call out of state but not in their area (do not remember why exactly, but it sure was interesting). SMS (texting) can also be functional.
National Preparedness Month Day 10-
Tips for businesses regarding preparation. Very important information that at times gets forgotten about