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4 Sustainable Choices To Make When Preparing For A Natural Disaster

By Desirée Kaplan

Prepping for an emergency is not high on anyone’s list of favorite things to do, but when an emergency come to your door, it’s always good to be ready. Being prepared ahead of time also allows you stick to sustainable choices since you'll have more time to make your emergency kit a little more eco-friendly. Most tips and items can be adapted to similar situations, such as severe flooding or hurricanes. While this is not a complete list, it’s certainly a good foundation to get you and your loved ones started. 

1. Make sure clean water is well-stocked.

While there are many important things to include in your list, water should be on the top of the list. Most people can’t go without water for three days, so it’s good to have plenty on hand. Try to set aside at least one gallon of water per person a day for at least three days. The best way to store is in stainless steel or BPA-free containers.  

Apart from keeping everyone hydrated, water is often needed for cleaning and cooking purposes so it never hurts to have extra on hand. A good way to store more water, is to fill up that big dispenser you haven't used since that holiday party a few years ago. GoPure Pods are a nifty tool for filtering a lot of water at once. These portable filters remove 99 percent of lead and arsenic among other things. Each pod can treat up to three liters of water at a time and are a great option to bring with you in a portable water bottle if you need to evacuate. 

Other BPA free tools you can use to stay hydrated are reusable water canteens from Klean Kanteen, water bottles with built in filters from Clear20, and Lifestraw. If you can’t filter enough of tap water ahead of time, Walmart offers seven gallon tanks in a BPA-free container.