America has displayed a tremendous resiliency time after time in such instances, as we band together to pick up those who have fallen and heal our wounds, developing a thicker skin each time so that we may be better prepared to weather the next great disaster.
The water supply in some areas along the East Coast is in danger of contamination as Hurricane Sandy’s path of destruction caused a loss of pressure in the water moving systems of some residential areas. The Department of Public Health announced a Boil Water Advisory last week for 82 drinking water systems in Connecticut alone. Private wells with standing water are also subject to contamination and should be purified for use until they can be tested by a professional.
Contaminated water can cause a litany of problems for people who use it for drinking, cooking, making baby formula, or consuming it in any fashion. The dangers of using such water range from illnesses like pneumonia to gastrointestinal difficulties like diarrhea, vomiting, and cramps. Residents who use water that may be subject to contamination are strongly encouraged to bring their water to a roiling boil for 1 minute before using it. Make sure there are no floating pieces in the water before boiling it. For those without power, adding bleach (about ¼ of a teaspoon per gallon of water) is another method to purify the water. Whichever method you use, remember to let the water sit for 30 minutes after purifying it.
Unfortunately, it’s far too easy for places such as the Twin Cities to move on with their lives as if nothing happened because, looking out our windows, it seems as if nothing did. While Hurricane Sandy was undoubtedly on everyone’s minds a couple weeks ago, the recent election may have pushed the damage from our minds in the last few days. But people are still dealing with the aftermath of this terrible storm. For more information or to provide assistance for those in need you can visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s website here.
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