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We hear this often enough. Whether its Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Superstorm Sandy in the NE, Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. What can we do to help out? Sending money doesn't alwasy feel as personal as delivering goods and supplies to your local Red Cross or Shelter.

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Broken water main that flooded Philly street was 106 years old

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Water Storage |

 

It happen on  Christmas Eve, 2013. You’re having your entire family over for Christmas day and busy putting together those gifts for your kids, nephews and nieces coming over tomorrow, while also baking cookies and making a roast. A broken water main…

 

Then without any warning, a 48 inch water main breaks and you have NO WATER.

 
Full repairs from the water main break may take months to be completely fixed.

Bottled water isn’t the answer since you need a gallon a day per person, and that doesn’t include water to clean yourself or your dirty dishes. 

 

Do you have a plan that’ll make sure you and your family have a safe and reliable supply of water? Don’t let a broken water main derail your life or party.

Click here to get ready.

 

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Once  you have a way to store water, how can you be sure your water is safe to drink.

How do you purify the water you have before you store it in one of the containers above?

FEMA and American Red Cross recommend 3 treatment methods for treating water in an emergency:

Boiling
Chlorination
Distillation

  1. Boiling as most municipalities is very good against  biological agents, but tends to concentrate other contaminants.
  2. The Ready Store-56-gallon-interlocking-waterbrick-storage-kitChlorination is good against biologicals but does nothing against other contaminants.
  3. *DISTILLATION is the best method provides the highest level of protection against biologicals, is excellent against other types of contaminants and can even desalinate salty ocean water!

 

Do you know how to distill your water if it becomes contaminated?

 

Keep your Family during an emergency with a pure water source using the Survival Still water distillation system. Click the image below to learn more.

Free Water Distillation at Home

Here’s the story from the local Philly news.

Water gushed from a massive water main break that left thousands of Philadelphia residents, businesses and dozens of schools for miles around without water the day before Christmas Eve.

In all, officials say the city lost 20 to 23 million gallons of water. That’s the equivalent of 30 to 34 Olympic -size swimming pools.

The 48-inch line broke just before 9 a.m. Through their computer monitoring system, the Philadelphia Water Department knew almost immediately that they had a big problem on their hands.

“We knew there was 150 million gallons of a water a day, leaving our system,” said Howard Neukrug, Water Commissioner.

This broken water main was 106 years old and that’s not immediately too old. Philadelphia has more than 3,000 miles of water mains buried under city streets — the average age of a main is 86 years old, according to the water department. The average main is expected to function properly for 100 to 120 years under “favorable conditions.”

All that water and the force behind it gushed out of the street at the intersection of Torresdale and Frankford Avenues in the Frankford section of Philadelphia, quickly flooding the area right in front of the Nana’s Day Care, where the water rose between three and five feet, according to the fire department.

“The teachers did an excellent job of exercising their evacuation plan,” said Derrick Sawyer, deputy fire commissioner. “Because they followed their procedures, we didn’t have to make any dramatic rescues.” But rescue crews did prepare for worst-case scenario moments by launching rafts into a nearby creek in case people got swept away by the fast-rising water.

Nearly three hours after the pipe burst, 20 feet below ground, water department workers were able to pinpoint the break. By the late afternoon they were able to repair the main, which was built in 1907 and connects to an even bigger pipe — a 60-inch main, which was built in 1906.

“We’ll be looking at whether age is a factor,” said Neukrug. “Typically though, even with pipes that are 100 years old, we find they are in very good condition.”

The pipe that burst feeds smaller, 12-inch lines that send water into homes and businesses for about a three-mile radius, according to Neukrug. For that reason, thousands of people were affected. Their water was either out or the pressure was too low for basic functions like flushing a commode. Problems like that forced 38 local schools to close early. Many businesses did the same.

By early afternoon, crews had dug up pieces of asphalt as heavy machinery cleaned debris left by the large amount of water and mud. Water was restored for the affected customers, according to officials. Crews will be on site for several days to clean up the area. They also say full repairs could take months.

“We’re going to be looking at cleaning up the sites, then once we get the site cleaned up we’ll have our inspectors come out and our claims adjusters come out and work with the businesses that are in the area to make sure everything is fine. We will then spend a little bit of time excavating this pipe and finding what the fault was and making the repairs,” Neukrug said.

The Impact:

Within minutes, thousands lost water service around the city. The break affected water customers in eight different zip codes (19121, 19122, 19123, 19124, 19130, 19134, 19137, 19140). Water Department spokesman John DiGiulio said reverse 911 calls would be made to alert customers of the outage.

Philadelphia firefighters relocated six people and children from nearby businesses. They had all returned home, according to Mayor Michael Nutter who applauded the efforts of rescue workers during an early afternoon news conference.

“Special shout-out to the water and fire departments for their immediate response, for making sure citizens were first safe and secure,” Nutter said.

Emergency Generator Safety

Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in Building Design, Disaster Recovery News |

Whatever the weather, its tough to loose electricity. Its especially difficult when its freezing cold or boiling hot.

Half of all Carbon Monoxide (CO) deaths occur from people incorrectly using their emergency generators too close to their home and/or having nearby windows, doors, and vents open.NIST study Figure 1

Reading so many stories of people running them in their garage (HINT: it doesn’t matter if the garage door open), made me wonder what the safe distance is from your home. I found a good video and included a report from The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) titled Modeling the Effects of Outdoor Gasoline Powered Generator Use on Indoor CO Exposures. The NIST ran an experiment to try and decide the best the placement of an emergency gasoline generator. Here’s a helpful video discussing their experiment with a single floor 3 bedroom home. Its a good short video talking about emergency generator safety.

 

Alot of people have bought generators in the last decade either from a local hardware store or from an online retailer. Online retail works for for big heavy equipment too. About three years ago I bought a Yardman 357cc snowblower with heated handles and a headlight from Northern Tools. It was a tough winter and all the local stores were sold of snowblowers. The one issue with buying from an online retailer is dealing with any operational issues as you start using the generator or snow blower.

I had a couple of tech calls for something that was as simply as just overfilling the snow blower with oil. If I bought one locally I could simply gone back to the store and asked someone more knowledgeable‎.

 

The Conclusion from the NIST:
“Through a series of simulations on a one-story manufactured house, this study found that positioning a generator 4.6 m (15 feet) from open windows may not be far enough for the house modeled to avoid excessive CO entry. Ideally, the generator should be positioned outside of airflow recirculation regions near the open window. As for human non-controllable factors, a perpendicular wind to the open window often led to more house CO entry than wind with an angle. Lower wind speed generally caused more entry of CO when the outdoor-indoor temperature difference was relatively small so that the CO entry by buoyancy effect could be neglected. When the buoyancy effect was significant, the infiltration of airflow and CO were determined by the combined forces of wind and buoyancy. Major CO entry into the house occurred primarily when the generator was placed inside the airflow recirculation zone, the size of which was found to be related to the dimensions of the house. General guidance for the safe operating distance of a generator could be developed considering the size of the airflow recirculation zone and the house dimensions.”