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Apr 10

Got water?

Did you know you can only survive for 4 days without water?  That’s why trapped victim “rescue” efforts typically become “body recovery” efforts by the 5th day after a disaster.  As we are now seeing in Japan in what are the third and fourth days since the 8.9 quake and tsunami, the most vital need for those who have thus far survived this catastrophe is drinking water.  Because it is winter and we can typically only survive 4 hours without maintaining our body temperature, shelter is also a critical need for survivors.  Most of us can live off of our body fat for 4 weeks, so the need for food is less critical than the need for water.  What the news fails to cover is that in major wide-area disasters like the recent quake in Haiti and now potentially in the northeastern part of Japan, the death toll can and often does rise among those who survive due to lack of available potable drinking water after the quake.

If the San Andreas, San Jacinto, or Elsinore fault were to rupture today, do you have enough stored emergency water to provide your family members at least 1 gallon of water per person per day for at least two weeks? That’s roughly 5 cases of twenty-four 16oz bottles of water per person, and don’t forget your pets.  Those who plan to be active in search and rescue, the elderly, infants and small children and pregnant and nursing mothers need twice that much water.

Bottled water is good for two years from the manufacturer’s bottling date.  A two-week supply will coast you less than $25 per person if you buy it on sale.  Keep a stash in your vehicle, at your desk, under or next to your bed, and where your family spends a lot of their time.  It may save your life.