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Water Currents News - August 2015

September is National Preparedness Month

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has designated September National Preparedness Month, encouraging everyone to take action and help prepare their community. For water utilities, it’s important to educate your residents about planning including keeping a supply of water on hand.

In fact, water is the top item in any emergency prepardness kit. While you can last for several weeks without food, the same is not true for water. As a part of your emergency preparedness kit, the government recommends one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation.

With all regions of the United States facing exposure to some type of natural disaster or extreme weather during the year—blizzards, droughts, earthquakes, extreme temperatures, fires, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes—it’s important to prepare your community, remind them to keep a supply of water on hand, and the importance of conservation.

This year’s National Preparedness Month slogan is: Don't Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today. Each week has a theme:

  • Week 1, Sept. 1-5, Flood
  • Week 2, Sept. 6-12, Wildfire
  • Week 3, Sept. 13-19, Hurricane
  • Week 4, Sept. 20-26, Power Outage
  • Week 5, Sept. 27-30, Lead up to National PrepareAthon! Day (Sept. 30 )

The campaign focuses on providing materials and instructions that make it easy for community members to create their own individual disaster plans. Throughout the month, FEMA will introduce information specific to each of these themes. FEMA’s website ( is dedicated to this campaign and is providing templates for family communication plans, which are a cornerstone of emergency preparedness. In many cases, family members are separated during an emergency and these templates include a grid for listing important phone numbers (such as out-of-town contacts, medical information, school contacts, etc.) as well as personal information.

In conjunction with National Preparedness Month, Culver Products Group offers a range of educational and practical items that help your customers ready themselves for these types of crises, including:
Emergency Preparedness Guide: What To Do When Disaster Threatens (#87440)

This 36-page booklet is designed to help customers prepare for 11 specific types of disasters. The guide contains key information, including how to prepare a disaster supply kit and create a family communications plan.

Disaster Preparedness Wallet Guide (#87925)

This handy resource is a condensed version of the Emergency Preparedness Guide, highlighting the major points in a compact format.

Emergency Preparedness Call List (#87620)

This mini dry-erase board for emergency phone numbers also includes storm preparation tips on the back.

Battery-Free Flashlight (#88405)

A mini-flashlight made of recycled materials that does not require batteries, making this flashlight is ideal during power outages.

3-Quart Water Tote (#88390)

This collapsible three-quart water tote is useful for many purposes. When your town experiences a severe storm or natural disaster, these totes are a great way to distribute water or, for that matter, they're an ideal item to hand out for emergency preparedness.

First Aid Pouch (#88285)

Nothing symbolizes "Safety First" like a first aid kit. This durable, lightweight, neoprene, zippered bag comes with a variety of bandages, antiseptics, and a helpful first aid card.

For additional information about emergency preparedness items or any of our other products, call us at 800-428-5837, email or visit