Do's & Don'ts When Disaster Strikes

Following a disaster, tap water may be contaminated and access to water may be limited. If, or when, a disaster occurs, we should be prepared. Here are a few steps to take for water treatment and storage.



💧 Before anything, make sure to listen for any announcements from your public health officials for any specific instructions.

💧 If tap water is contaminated, boil water. Boiling is the safest and most sufficient option for treating contaminated water. It will kill any contaminants in the water.

💧 Set aside a bottle of unscented liquid chlorine bleach to disinfect the water. 1 drop per 1 liter of water will kill most of the germs and bacteria in the water.


DON'T drink, bathe, or cook with the water unless you know it is safe.

DON'T wash dishes, utensils, or other objects if the water is not safe.



💧 It is recommended to store at least 1 gallon of water per person. Storing at least a 3-day supply of water for your household at least. If possible, a 2-week supply is recommended.

💧Contact your local disaster relief agencies, food banks, and public health officials to receive Box of Rain safe water boxes to store and use when disaster hits. Each pallet contains 75 boxes, with each box containing 2.64 gallons of water.


DON'T store water in containers that are not clean or once contained toxic substances. If you use a container, be sure to properly clean it before filling it with water.

DON'T resort to storing bottled water. Water stored in plastic water bottles may not be treated properly. From plastic leaching into the water, it can be contaminated.

*for more information on how to receive Box of Rain safe water boxes, please visit our contact page or email

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