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Being Prepared is Key During a Disaster

Being Prepared is Key During a Disaster

April 5, 2022

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Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) encourages you to be ready in the event of a disaster.

April is national Earthquake Preparedness Month and a great time to update the earthquake kit in your home or business to be better prepared in the event of a temporary and unavoidable water service outage because of a natural disaster.

Earthquake kits should have two gallons of water per person, per day, with a three day supply on hand. Pet owners should also keep additional water available for their animals.

Water should be stored in clean, airtight containers and may be boiled for two minutes to disinfect it. Should customers be unable to boil water, 1/4 teaspoon of household bleach may be added to each gallon of water and let stand for 30 minutes to disinfect it.

Other items that should be stored in an emergency kit include toilet paper, wipes, hand sanitizers, plastic trash bags, a bucket and a deodorizing chemical. These items may be useful in the event of an outage to the wastewater system.

EMWD continuously works to protect public health by preparing for emergency responses in the event of a natural disaster, including earthquakes. For more information on what to do in an emergency, please visit

Eastern Municipal Water District is the water, wastewater service and recycled water provider to nearly one million people living and working within a 558-square mile service area in western Riverside County. It is California’s sixth-largest retail water agency, and its mission is “To deliver value to our diverse customers and the communities we serve by providing safe, reliable, economical and environmentally sustainable water, wastewater and recycled water services.”
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