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#1 Allow people to drink according to their needs:
Many people need even more than the average of one gallon per day. The individual amount needed depends on age, physical activity, physical condition and time of year.
#2 Never ration drinking water unless ordered to do so by authorities:
You can minimize the amount of water your body needs by reducing activity and staying cool.
#3 Drink water that you know is not contaminated first:
If necessary, suspicious water, such as cloudy water from regular faucets or water from streams or ponds, can be used after it has been treated. If water treatment is not possible, put off drinking suspicious water as long as possible, but do not become dehydrated.
#4 Do not drink carbonated beverages instead of drinking water:
Carbonated beverages do not meet drinking-water requirements. Caffeinated drinks and alcohol dehydrate the body, which increases the need for drinking water.
#5 Turn off the main water valves:
If you hear reports of broken water or sewage lines or if local officials advise you of a problem with the water in your area, you will need to protect the water sources that are already in your home from contamination. To close the incoming water source, locate the incoming valve and turn it to the closed position. Be sure you and your family members know how to perform this important procedure.
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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