The City of Marietta encourages all of it's citizens to practice water conservation during any type of utility outage (planned or otherwise) of more than two hours. Keep in mind, whether it's a utility outage or a disaster, you might not have access to food, water, or electricity for some time. By taking time now to prepare emergency water supplies, food supplies and disaster supplies kit, you can provide for your entire family.
Even though it is unlikely that an emergency would cut off your food supplies for two weeks, consider maintaining a supply that will last that long.
You may not need to go out and buy foods to prepare an emergency food supply. You can use the canned goods, dry mixes, and other staples on your cupboard shelves.
Having an ample supply of clean water is a top priority in an emergency. A normally active person needs to drink at least 2 quarts (a half gallon) of water each day. You will also need water for food preparation and hygiene. Store at least an additional half-gallon per person, per day for this.
Store at least a 3-day supply and consider storing a two-week supply of water for each member of your family. If you are unable to store this much, store as much as you can. You can reduce the amount of water your body needs by reducing activity and staying cool.
Prepare for an outage before it happens. Be sure to have a first-aid kit, manual can opener, extra batteries, hand sanitizer, and a list of emergency phone numbers handy. And don't forget to plan for your pets and service animals too.
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