As the govt continues to ignore the crisis in Puerto Rico after #Maria, I urge those affected to prepare for #Florence
It’s a Cat 4-5 & flooding is predicted.
Here’s how to prepare & what to do if you run out of bottled water after.
Please RT this thread— it could save a life.
First—listen to your state & local news. EVACUATE if you’re mandated. Don’t leave your pets behind.
I worked on the rescue efforts after Harvey & Irma. I spoke to people on dying phones who didn’t evacuate. They required rescue from rooftops.
If you’re not mandated to evacuate for #HurricaneFlorence, see @NOAA’s list of numbers and supplies you‘ll need
@Firechatapp is a web app & works when cell towers go down between phones.
Prepare & have 1 gallon/day water supply for 7 days minimum.
After a hurricane, most deaths occur from flooding & unsafe drinking water. 2975 in Puerto Rico is an example of this.
Tap & well water are NOT safe to drink after a flood event. Bacteria, viruses & pathogens are present & will make you sick in just HOURS.
For a hurricane/flood event, here are 5 options for safe drinking water.
BEFORE the event:
1. Buy bottled water— 1 gallon/day/person for 7 days minimum
AFTER the event:
2.Chlorinate the water
4.Calcium hypochlorite- used in swimming pools
5.Boiling the water
As an engineer, I’ve worked extensively w/water systems in developing countries & used these methods
Adding chlorine to H2O is the best option.
⚠️Bleach must be less than 6 mos old. You MUST let it sit for 1 hour after treating, otherwise it’s toxic
Iodine tablets to treat water can be purchased at a pharmacy or sporting goods store.
⚠️Do NOT have iodine disinfected water with
—Allergy to shellfish
Cautions on iodine:
—Overconsumption is toxic
—Taste is metallic
Calcium hydpochlorite or pool shock is found in swimming pool supply stores.
⚠️Use caution with this if you have no other options because it takes VERY little to treat. It is DEADLY if overconsumption occurs.
Boiling water only works if you have a heat source hot enough to boil it for at least 1 minute. I recommend 3 to 5 minutes.
⚠️Caution - this is a remedial method at best. It should be a LAST effort and it will NOT remove all contaminants.
Flood waters rapidly multiply with pathogens & water bourne illnesses. Avoid standing in it, if possible. A cut can easily become a life threatening infection.
Wash your hands often & any part of you that must go in flood waters, immediately.
If you’re affected by #HurricaneFlorence prepare for a week MINIMUM. The emergency response of our govt seems to be ‘survival of the fittest’
During the rescue efforts of Harvey & Irma, no one rescuing or in need cared if you were Dem or GOP.
💚Look out for each other
I’ve signed up again to help again with rescue efforts for hurricanes
If you’re able to, we’ll need all the help we can get. If you have a computer & a few hours, please consider volunteering. Join us.
It could save a life.