Managing a Disaster at Home

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Although you may not be asked to evacuate and even if you are, disaster can isolate you from outside help and make it necessary for you to care for yourself for days at a time. Your disaster supply kit will contain many of the tools and supplies you need. Here are other ways to use and manage the resources you ahve at your home.


  • Water is crucial for health and survival. If a disaster is imminent fill pitchers, jars, buckets, water bottles and your bathtub in case your community water supply is cut off.
  • If you are drinking water supply is running low, use water from ice cube trays, the water heater and toilet tanks (but not the bowls). It is not safe to use the water from radiators, waterbeds or swimming pools.
  • Each person should drink at least 2 quarts of water each day. Drink what you need each day and look for more water for the next day.


  • Ration food supplies for everyone except children and pregnant women. Most people can survive easily on half the normal amount.
  • Avoid easting food from denter or swollen cans or food that looks or smells abnormal.
  • Use pre-prepared formula for babies.