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It’s storming outside. The electric has gone out. There has been area flooding. Your water system is either not working properly or the water is contaminated. What do you do while you wait for the storm to end and the flood waters to recede? Even if the water is available soon, it most likely won’t be safe to drink right away.


In today’s Sunday Snacks with Sam and Elliewe share our personal thoughts and suggestions. We don’t have all the answers. We’re working on these solutions ourselves. But we’d like to offer some tips and ideas to get you thinking about your own situation. Our goal? To keep you and your family prepared for just such emergencies.

In our video we share some of the following:

  • Your hot water tank has potable (drinkable) water. It’s the same water that goes to your kitchen sink (and bathroom, etc)
  • Products such as LifeStraws™ can help you if you have contaminated water or live near a stream that you can use
  • If you’re in an area that floods a good deal, there is a bladder (plastic bag) that fits a bathtub. You can fill this with water to use in an emergency.
  • You can also use household bleach (unscented) to sanitize your water.
  • Interestingly, if you’ve started your 30-day food supply, the liquid in canned fruits and vegetables can also quench your thirst or be used in preparing meals.
  • And don’t forget your pets … they’ll need water, too!

PLEASE NOTE: Ellie incorrectly makes a comment about using bleach for sanitizing water. CLICK HERE for the link to the EPA that explains the amount and use of chlorine bleach to correctly sanitize your water.

CLICK HERE to read the transcript while listening to the tape.

Preparation IS Security

We are sharing our tips and ideas – not to frighten you – but to encourage you to consider your own location and situation and to prepare accordingly.

You know we love to hear from you – your ideas, tips, and yes, even your questions.

In the meantime, think ahead and be safe!

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