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Did you know September is National Preparedness Month? What would you do if an emergency occurred and you didn’t have access to running water? There is always the need for emergency preparedness. With us being well into the hurricane season, weather emergencies are a real possibility in Georgia. Other natural disasters to prepare for include floods, tornadoes and winter storms. And these are only the natural disasters; there are many different types of emergencies to prepare for.

One way to increase your preparedness is to think about what you would do if you lost power and access to water for one or more days.

Increase your preparedness with these tips from High Priority Plumbing:

Always have plenty of drinking water on hand.

Plumbing is a necessity that we rely on for many tasks, including cooking and drinking. When your water faucet isn’t producing running water, you will still need to find a way to get fluids into your body and prepare meals. It is critical to have drinking water for survival. Cases of bottled water are ideal to store for long periods of time so you have them for an emergency. Make sure you have an adequate supply for you, your family and your pets.

Pay attention to hygiene.

As soon as you know there is concern for a natural disaster, fill your bathtub with water. Fill clean, separate containers with water. It’s important to keep the water in your tub clean. So have some means to take the water from there to use at another location for bathing. For example, you can fill buckets from the tub for taking sponge baths at the sink to maintain proper hygiene.

Continue to dispose of wastes.

During a temporary water outage, most toilets will continue to flush wastes as long as you can fill the bowl. Manually pour water into the tank to just below the overflow pipe and flush. But remember to only flush human waste and a limited amount of toilet paper. You don’t want to deal with a clogged toilet when you are in an emergency. In unusual cases of emergencies such as major disasters, there could be problems with sewage waste backup if the municipal sewers, which require electricity, cannot pump waste to the treatment plant. If this worst-case situation were to occur, you would most likely be in an evacuation situation.

Minimize water use.

When an emergency happens and there is no access to running water, you don’t want to carelessly waste your limited supply of water. Be prepared to not wash dishes by storing disposable paper and plastic products to use for eating. You also won’t be able to do laundry. As soon as a warning comes prepare to have several days of clean clothes and undergarments for everyone. Additionally, consider best ways to reduce soiling clothes so they can be worn again, if necessary.

It is always good to be aware of what you can do for emergency preparedness. Natural disasters and other emergencies can happen at any time, leaving you without running water. An emergency plumbing problem such as a busted water or sewer line might only be short term, but every bit of preparedness can help you get through it easier.

If you have an emergency that involves a problem with your plumbing, remember to call High Priority Plumbing for repairs at 770.860.8110 in Atlanta or 912.373.7707 in Savannah. We are available 24/7 to handle your emergency plumbing needs.

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