In extreme weather such as Hurricane Aida, a good supply of clean water is a top priority as it can disrupt the normal water system in several ways.
“We don’t know what will inevitably happen as a result of the storm,” said Stephanie Arcangelo, a spokeswoman for the American Red Cross. “Storms can affect public water systems.”
Boiling water recommendations are often issued during or shortly after a storm. This means that water is polluted and can be unsafe to drink.
As a result, the American Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have stated that storms can damage local water systems or lose electricity, causing pumps to fail and people with electric stoves to easily boil water. can do.
The average person drinks about 0.5 gallons of water a day and needs additional water for food preparation and hygiene, FEMA says.
“We recommend buying commercially available bottled water to prepare for the safest and most reliable emergency water supply,” says FEMA. “Put the bottled water in its original container and do not open it until it is in use.”
If people don’t want to buy water that way, they can put regular tap water in a clean, airtight container or bottle, FEMA said.
If your water supply is low, drink the amount you need that day and try to find more the next day, the agency will advise you to reduce activity and keep you cool so that your body needs water. He added that the amount can be minimized.