Health Department Emergency Preparedness

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Emergency Preparedness

David Fleming, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator

Phone: 812-838-1328

E-mail: PoseyCountyEPC@poseycountyin.gov

COMMUNITY ALERT

 

WHAT TO DO DURING A BOIL ADVISORY/ORDER:

BOILING WATER
-Fill a pot of water.
-Heat the water until bubbles come from the bottom of the pot to the top.
-Once the water reaches a rolling boil, let it boil for AT LEAST 1 minute.
-Turn off the heat source and let the water cool.
-Pour the water into a clean container with a lid for storage.
WATER FILTERS
-Boil tap water even if it is filtered. Most kitchen and other household water filters typically do not remove bacteria or viruses.
ICE
-Do not use ice from ice trays, ice dispensers, or ice makers.
-Throw out all ice made with tap water.
-Make new ice with boiled or bottled water.
PREPARING AND COOKING FOOD
-Wash all fruits and vegetables with boiled water that has cooled or bottled water.
-Bring water to a rolling boil for 1 minute before adding food to cook.
-Use boiled water (that has cooled) when preparing drinks, such as coffee, tea, and lemonade.
-Wash food preparation surfaces with boiled water.
FEEDING BABIES AND USING FORMULA
-Breastfeeding is best. Continue to breastfeed. If breastfeeding is not an option:
-Use ready-to-use baby formula, if possible.
-Prepare powdered or concentrated baby formula with bottled water. Use boiled water (that has cooled) if you do not have bottled water.
-Wash and sterilize bottles and nipples before use.
-If you cannot sterilize bottles, try to use single-serve, ready-to-feed bottles.
BATHING AND SHOWERING
-Be careful not to swallow any water when bathing or showering.
-Use caution when bathing babies and young children. Consider giving them a sponge bath to reduce the chance of them swallowing water.
BRUSHING TEETH
-Brush teeth with boiled water (that has cooled) or bottled water. Do not use untreated tap water.
WASHING DISHES IN DISHWASHER
-Household dishwashers generally are safe to use if the water reaches a final rinse temperature of at least 150 degrees or if the dishwasher has a sanitizing cycle.
WASHING DISHES BY HAND
-Wash and rinse the dishes as you normally would using hot water.
-In a separate basin, add 1 teaspoon of unscented household liquid bleach for each gallon of warm water.
-Soak the rinsed dishes in the water for at least one minute.
-Let the dishes air dry completely.
LAUNDRY
-It is safe to do laundry as usual.
PETS
-Pets can get some of the same diseases as people. It is a good idea to give them boiled water that has been cooled.

 

DISINFECTING WATER

If you are unable to boil your water, disinfect it instead.

If tap water is clear:

-Use unscented bleach (bleach that does not have an added scent).

-Add 1/8 teaspoon (8 drops or about 0.75 milliliters) of unscented household liquid bleach to 1 gallon (16 cups) of water.

-Mix well and wait 30 minutes or more before drinking.

-Store disinfected water in clean container with a cover.

If tap water is cloudy:

-Filter water using clean cloth.

-Use unscented bleach (bleach that does not have an added scent).

-Add 1/4 teaspoon (16 drops or 1.5 milliliters) of unscented household liquid bleach to 1 gallon (16 cups) of water.

-Mix well and wait 30 minutes or more before drinking.

-Store disinfected water in clean container with a cover.

-Remember that containers may need to be sanitized before using them to store safe water.

TO SANITIZE CONTAINERS

-Use unscented bleach (bleach that does not have an added scent).

-Make a sanitizing solution by mixing 1 teaspoon (5 milliliters) of unscented household liquid bleach in 1 quart (32 ounces, 4 cups, or about 1 liter) of water.

-Pour this sanitizing solution into a clean storage container and shake well, making sure that the solution coats the entire inside of the container.

 

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