Safely dealing with urban sewage during a disaster
Hello. I’m new to the site and recently found an acute need to upgrade my preparedness. I moved to a flood prone urban area with an inadequate sewer/water system.
Flood waters are a combo of actual rain, raw sewage backed up from the sewer system, and the various chemicals and oils from flooded cars.
In a worst case scenario I would be walking through 12 in + of this stuff to get to safety. I also need a way to purify the municipal tap water for drinking. These events damage the water system and boil water warnings can last many days and are issued too late. I think it’s best to assume tap water is contaminated with whatever is in the flood waters as soon as the weather hits.
I have several days water in the recommended containers but that’s too heavy if we have to evac on foot.
What do you think on best PPE for wading through it? I currently have waterproof boots on order but will need something more substantial.
How about purifying the water if we have to leave home? I have a MSR Guardian Gravity purifier but it isn’t rated for chemicals. Maybe adding P&G Purifier of Water solution as an initial step?
At home I would also use a ZeroWater which has a good profile for removing various heavy metals/chemicals.
Thanks a lot. I look forward to being part of this helpful community.