FLOOD DANGERS AND WATER SAFETY
When it comes to hurricanes, wind speeds are not the only danger. Hurricanes also produce storm surges, tornadoes, and often the most deadly of all - inland flooding. Inland flooding can be a major threat to communities hundreds of miles from the coast as intense rain falls from these huge tropical air masses. Since the 1970s, inland flooding has been responsible for more than half of the deaths associated with tropical cyclones in the United States. Typically, greater rainfall amounts and flooding are associated with hurricanes that have a slow forward speed or stall over an area.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
After a hurricane, your water service may be temporarily unavailable or you may need to purify tap water before drinking it. High winds may disrupt operations at the treatment plant and broken water mains can interrupt service. Local water management services will work quickly to restore your service, but it is a good idea to be prepared by storing drinking water and knowing how to purify water.
Store tap water in clean, tightly covered containers in a dark area. Count on each person using three gallons per day for drinking and non-drinking uses.
If tap water is not safe to drink, your local water management service will alert customers by issuing a 'boil water advisory' to every television and radio station. If in doubt, purify tap water before drinking it.
There are several ways to purify water: