What Will You Do When A Disaster Strikes?

A Curriculum Designed To Help Keep You And Your Food Safe
   
  flood hurricanE Earthquake tornado fire  
             

Lesson 5

 Making Water Safe To Drink
 

 

Overview

It is recommended to have a 3 day supply of water along with an emergency food kit in preparation for disaster.   What happens after the 3 day supply of water runs out?  Water purification is a simple solution to this problem.  It involves gathering water from locations such as streams or rivers, or by collecting rain water.  The water needs to be filtered to remove any particles in the water.  Once the water is filtered there are 2 methods that can be used to purify water.  One method is to boil the water for at least 3 minutes, which kills the bacteria in the water.  The other method uses chlorine to purify the water, making it safe to drink.  Flood waters are the only source of water that cannot be purified.

 
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