Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene-related Emergencies & and Outbreaks
Emergencies related to water can cause community-wide disruption and illness if water is contaminated with germs, chemicals, or toxins. Water-related emergencies can be created by natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, and droughts; man-made disasters, such as chemical spills; or waterborne disease outbreaks. Many diseases can be prevented by creating and storing an emergency water supply, knowing how to make water safe, learning about drinking water advisories, and following hygiene practices during an emergency.
Water contaminated with germs can often be made safe to drink by boiling, adding disinfectants, or filtering.
Drinking water advisories let people know that tap water could be contaminated and make them sick.
Prepare for an emergency by creating and storing a supply of water that will meet your family’s needs.
Use CDC materials to raise awareness and prevent illness:
- Buttons and Badges
- Fact Sheets
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