This year the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is forecasting an above-normal hurricane season in 2020, with between three and six major hurricanes expected.
It's important to prepare ahead of time for whatever Mother Nature might send our way. One of the most important things to do before disaster strikes is to ensure you have enough clean water for yourself and your family to last until roads are passable after a storm.
For hurricane preparedness here are some practical tips:
- Make Sure There’s Enough Drinking Water. Considering personal consumption and household needs such as cooking, it’s best to plan for one gallon of safe drinking water per person, per day. Officials suggest keeping a three-day (or more) supply on hand; more details can be found at www.Ready.gov. You can fill containers and/or fill a bathtub as a storm approaches. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suggests freezing additional containers of water to help keep food cold when the power goes out, and as the frozen water thaws, you can consume it. The important thing is to plan ahead and ensure you have an adequate supply of tap and/or bottled water. As we all know, when hurricanes emerge as a potential threat, store shelves can be quickly depleted so it’s important to secure what you need well in advance.
- Safely Store Water. When it comes to bottled water, try to store drinking water in a cool (i.e., room temperature), dry environment away from sources of odor (e.g. household cleaning products, solvents such as gasoline, paint thinners and other toxic or odorous materials), and away from direct sunlight. Partially consumed water bottles should be capped when not being used.
- Use Water Containers Only for Water. NWNA’s three- and five-gallon bottles are intended to be used for water only. For safety reasons, gasoline, antifreeze, kerosene and other toxic substances should never be placed into our water bottles.
- Consider the Shelf Life. Bottled water can be used indefinitely if stored properly, but NWNA recommends no more than two years for non-carbonated water, and one year for sparkling water.;
- Drink Enough. Do not ration water during a hurricane. Drink what your body needs, then look for more water. Most people need two quarts – nearly four bottles - of water per day for healthy hydration. That number can double to four quarts in hot weather or during physical activity. Staying healthy is important to surviving a storm.
- Beware of Storm-Tainted Water. Hurricanes can wreak havoc on water systems, including your personal well. Watch for boil water advisories if you use a public water source.
- Recycle! All NWNA bottles are recyclable. Recycling empty bottles after drinking the water is critically important to keep plastic out of waterways and landfills, and we encourage people to prioritize recycling. Click for more info from How2Recycle.
- Pricing for consumer retail sales of bottled water is set by retailers. While some retailers may charge slightly more to compensate for their increased costs, Nestlé Waters is strongly opposed to retailers who engage in "price gouging" during these times of high demand and need. Price gouging should be reported to state attorneys general.