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#1 Chlorine Is Only Temporary
Water treated with chlorine to kill bacteria and other organisms is only stable for a short period of time. Chlorine is not recommended for long-term storage, nor is it recommended for human consumption; however in an emergency chlorine will disinfect the water you have and make it drinkable for immediate use.
#2 Do NOT Rely on DIY Water Storage Alone
To prepare the safest and most reliable emergency supply of water, it is recommended that you purchase commercially packaged, long-term water supplies. Those usually come with a 5-year shelf life (Earthquake Supply Center sells those).
#3 Regular Bottled Water Comes with Caveats
Keep in mind that bottled water has a very high potential for leaching from the plastic bottles they are stored in. If you are using bottled water keep it in its original sealed container, observe the expiration or “use by” date, and do not open it until you need to use it.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Community and Family Preparedness Program and American Red Cross Community Disaster Education are nationwide efforts to help people prepare for disasters of all types. You can find information for your specific region on the American Red Cross website.
Contact FEMA at:
P.O. Box 2012
Jessup, MD 20794-2012
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SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (KTVU) - As we remember today's Loma Prieta Earthquake 27th anniversary, we've learned from all major modern-era earthquakes and other disasters worldwide, after it hits, time, routines and business stands still for several days. Having the things you need, on hand and readily available can make the three to five days afterwards, bearable.