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During a disaster, such as a flood, hurricane, earthquake, or act of terrorism, regular drinking water supplies may suddenly become unavailable. It is essential to have access to an adequate and safe supply of water for drinking and cooking. In natural or man-made disasters, municipal water supplies are likely
to be disrupted and private water supplies (e.g., wells and springs) could be contaminated. Emergencies can also cause a loss of electrical power, leaving well pumps unable to function. It is in your best interest to take steps now to properly store water (and food) supplies in case of an emergency.
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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.
November 17, 2016