|"States must account for high demand for food, water, and other basic supplies, and plan for distribution to general and hard-to-reach populations." --Trust for America's Health|
|Public services like water departments might temporarily be unable to function normally during a pandemic because of staff shortages or no supplies (filters, chemicals, etc.).|
Having ample, clean water is a top priority in an emergency. The Red Cross says a normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day. Hot environments and intense physical activity can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers, and ill people will need even more. You will also need water for food preparation and hygiene. So, store a total of at least one gallon per person, per day. You should store at least a two-week supply of water for each member of your family.
If supplies run low, never ration water. Drink the amount you need today, and try to find more for tomorrow.
"Food and Water in an Emergency" [356k .pdf] from the American Red Cross, explains three ways to purify water: boiling, disinfection, and distillation.
You also can use a water purifier/filtration device. Some of these even use ultraviolet light (which destroys viruses).
|UV-C ultraviolet light is germicidal. It destroys DNA & RNA in microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses. Among the Water Filters, Purifiers and Storage products at Nitro-Pak Preparedness Center, is the SteriPEN ultraviolet water purifier. It sterilizes 16 ounces of water in 60 seconds. No filters to replace. No chemicals. Weighs just 8 ounces; uses 4 AA batteries. (Great for hikers and international travelers, too.)|
|Aquasana AQ-4000 Countertop Water Filter ... extremely high quality drinking water ... filters chlorine taste and odor, as well as, 99% Lead, 99.99% Giardia & Cryptosporidium, 99% Benzene, and much more ... absolute filtration to 0.5 microns ... dual carbon filters are easily changed and last from 500-1000 gallons ... exceeds all NSF standards 42 & 53; California Certified ... Consumer Digest Best Buy (June/July 2003).|
|PUR Platinum 3-Stage Faucet-Mounted Purification System ... easily attaches to kitchen faucet ... on/off switch allows you to draw unfiltered water ... eliminate 99.99% of microbial cysts, cryptosporidium and giardia ... helps remove heavy metals like lead and mercury, as well as benzene ... electronically alerts when time to change the filter.|
|PUR CR900 Ultimate Pitcher Filtration System ... 10-cup pitcher filtration system improves the taste and odor of your water ... Automatic Safety Monitor indicates when filter should be replaced.|
|BRITA 42634 On Tap Faucet-Mount Water Filtration System ... Brita's most advanced water filtration system ... attaches to faucet without tools ... electronic filter change indicator ... easily switch from filtered to unfiltered water.|
|Water Filtration Bottle ... up to 99.9% reduction in all contaminants - offensive tastes & odors, sediment ... pathogens like Cryptosporidium and Giardia ... industrial & agricultural chemicals, detergents, pesticides ... dissolved heavy metals.|
|Water Filtration Bottle Family 4-pack ... drink from almost any source of water ... easy to use, just fill and drink ... meets or exceeds FDA, EPA and ANSI/NSF protocol.|
|Water Preserver Concentrate ... for treating large amounts of water for emergency storage ... specifically designed to use with 55-gallon water storage barrel to store water safely for 5 years.|
|55-gallon Water Storage Barrel ... for emergency water storage ... use with Water Purification Concentrate.|