Will you have water after a hurricane?

Max Mayfield: Check your hurricane supply kit

By Max Mayfield - Hurricane Specialist
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MIAMI - Thankfully, the tropics remain quiet at this time. No one can tell you whether South Florida will be threatened by a hurricane this year or not. However, as we approach the peak August-October months of hurricane season, this is a good time to check your hurricane plan and supply kit. 

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Near the top of everyone's hurricane supply kit checklist is water. You never know for sure if your water system is going to be operable after a hurricane. And you don't need a major hurricane to knock out your water system. For example, there was a boil water recommendation for Miami Beach after Hurricane Wilma. That hurricane brought Category 1 and 2 winds to the southeast Florida coast.  

Our Hurricane Survival Guide's Supply Kit Checklist says you should store one gallon of water for drinking purposes per person per day for at least three to seven days.  I buy some drinking water to keep on hand, but I really prefer the collapsible containers for storing large quantities of water. I have a couple of these containers that store 5 gallons each and fit in a sink, and one container that holds 55 gallons and fits in my bathtub. In the long run, these containers will be more economical than buying gallon jugs of water.  

I also have a small 22-ounce plastic water bottle with a filter system that provides a safe and convenient way to drink clear, clean-tasting water anywhere. No pumps or hoses are needed. The bottle can be filled from any source and the filter is advertised to be good for 100 gallons.  

You can find some of the available water products by doing an online search on "hurricane water storage" or going to one of my favorite websites at hurricanestore.com

I also freeze as much water as possible in two-liter soda jugs. 

Remember that extra water is needed for food preparation and personal hygiene. And don't forget your pets.

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