Monday, August 4, 2014
State Of Emergency Declared ~ Are You Prepared?
While we were out camping, Saturday the state governor declared a state of emergency - the water was/is not safe. I linked it above for anyone interested in reading it.
I found this interesting, as I had just been reading another blog (The Way Grandma Does It) in regards to outbreaks of illness and how to prepare for it.
Do you think any of the half-a-million people were/are prepared to have no safe water supply? Stores were emptied quickly. Many stores closed due to this (and who could not operate without water supply), people got into fights, and then there were/are those who bought up and sold it at higher prices to take advantage of their demise. Unfortunately, in today's world, I don't think we'll ever get rid of people who do that sort of thing.
We had been in one store, about 50 minutes from the mainly affected city, and there was a woman behind us buying water. She said, while she was in the store, someone had already taken water from her cart.
As of Sunday evening, they were postponing the next update until 10pm. At that point, the water was still not safe - no bathing, no washing hands, etc. People had pets to water and were told to not give it to their pets/animals. People are told to use paper plates, and to not wash their dishes in this water. To see what is in the water, read this local newspaper article: System safe but water advisory remains in effect.
As of this morning, I have not found any updates that the water is safe again. I am thankful that I am one of the very few who still have a well. I'm thankful I put in rain barrels too. I also keep 10-15 gallons of water on hand each week.
There are a few different ways to filter rain water. Here is one: 100-Year-Old Way to Filter. . .
My question is, are you prepared to wake up one day and find out you have no useable/drinkable water for days? Possibly longer?