The following are official guides that have been published by the Emergency Preparedness Committee to help Syracuse citizens be better prepared. Loss of safe drinking water can be deadly. Most people, with few exceptions, will be feeling the effects if they do not consume water for more than 36 hours. You and your family can live quite some time without food, but only a short time without water. Water is the single most abundant substance in the body. It is the most essential of all nutrients. It is the second only to air in the importance of life. Water aids in the digestive process, temperature control and brain function.
Therefore, do not underestimate the importance of storing water in your home. Water is probably the least expensive item to store. Many types of disasters can cut off or contaminate water for short or extended periods of time. Be sure all family members know where to find safe water, how to purify water and the location of the home’s main incoming water valve. The time to store water is now! We take water for granted when things are normal. In an emergency it is absolutely critical both for hydration but also for sanitation.