EBMUD has a few simple tips that will help you prepare for a time when you might not have water running from your tap. That seems nearly certain, so here are a few:
- Store enough water to last three to seven days (1-2 gallons per person per day)
- Be prepared to disinfect additional water supplies to supplement what you store
- Be prepared with a sanitation kit for an outage that could prevent toilets from flushing.
Ok, that last one wasn’t something I assembled as a kit yet. I have the extra rolls of toilet paper, wipes and hand sanitizer, and extra plastic garbage bags, but didn’t have a bucket and deodorizing chemicals (lime, bleach, or camping chemicals).
Describing EBMUD’s own readiness, they note that they’ll have partial water service within 30 days following a large earthquake. There’s a lot more interesting information in that document.
Meanwhile, get ready. Here’s a list of EBMUD’s main readiness documents (PDFs):
- Disaster Plan Worksheet
- Family Disaster Supplies and Preparedness Calendar
- Firescape – Landscaping to Reduce Fire Hazard
- Wildfire Evacuation Tips
- Storing Water for Emergencies – Are You Earthquake Ready? (This is a handy one page list of tips)
- Preparativos para un terremoto