Oklahoma Tornado – The Unpredictable Destruction

On Monday, May 20th, 2013 a tornado tore through Moore, Oklahoma killing 51 people including 20 children according to state officials.  143 others have been injured.

WaterBrick International would like to send our thoughts and prayers to all the victims and their families affected by this storm.

We found that predicting tornadoes such as this one is a challenge due to limits in today’s technology.  Unlike hurricanes, which can be tracked for days or weeks ahead of time, the destruction of a tornado can’t be predicted until 15 to 30 minutes before the tornado strikes.  At that time, it could either turn into a small nondestructive tornado, or the centripetal forces will cause the tornado to gradually gain strength and grow.

This MSNBC video explains the physics behind tornadoes and what happens when a tornado of that strength touches down in a highly populated area.

What happens when a tornado hits?


Importance of Water Storage: Drought/Extreme Heat

The U.S. drought of 2012 was the most severe and extensive drought in at least 25 years. The drought rapidly increased in severity from June to July and persisted into August. As of September 12, over 2,000 U.S. counties had been designated as disaster areas by USDA in 2012, mainly due to drought. As of mid-August 2012, 60 percent of farms in the United States were experiencing drought. About 17 percent of farms were in counties where most of the land is under moderate drought; 15 percent of farms were experiencing severe drought; and 28 percent were experiencing extreme or exceptional drought.


In the U.S., approximately 75 percent of community water systems and nearly all of rural America uses groundwater supplied water systems.   As water levels drop during droughts, levels of contamination in groundwater can become more concentrated, leading to potential health risks.  Contamination of well water supply generally occurs when polluted surface water or septic systems discharge seep into the groundwater.


Keep a long-term supply of drinking water available and stored regardless if you own a private well or not.  Following a disaster, the EPA may deem your city water unsafe for days; therefore having about a gallon of water per person, per day stored in your home to last about two weeks is recommended by FEMA.


You may think that the drought conditions won’t affect you since you have a private well, but you actually have more responsibilities than your friends and neighbors who are on city water.  While public utilities ensure that contaminants in city water are removed to safe levels prior to use, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not regulate private wells, leaving well owners on their own to assure their water is safe from drought-related concentration of contaminants.


For those who do own their own wells, having water stored at all times is essential, especially during a drought where water quality will be contaminated.  Well maintenance and tips can be found at:  http://www.epa.state.il.us/well-water/well-maintenance-tips.html

Drought - Need for Water Storage

Corn in Drought, Western Kentucky, August, 2012 – Photo Courtesy of CraneStation


Excessive heat and prolonged dry or drought conditions can impact agriculture by creating work safety issues for farm workers, severely damaging crops, and reducing the availability of water and food supplies for livestock.


Having emergency food also stored in your house can protect you from dealing with the lack of food supplies or rising costs associated with the smaller supply of food available.  Water is needed to prepare a lot of different foods, so it is also important to keep water stored for these types of emergencies.

Why you should ALWAYS have water stored

Humans depend on a clean supply of drinking water to sustain our health.  Whenever a disaster is predicted to strike, every American knows to stock up on supplies and have a preparedness kit ready just in case the power goes out. But what about the unpredictable disasters?  There are numerous disasters that come without notice.   Without a clean supply of drinking water stored, you and your family may be stuck for days or weeks without water or food.

Let’s face it, almost all of us have been victim to one of Mother Nature’s terrible storms.  The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy has taught us to expect the unexpected and prepare for the worst.  Keep in mind, many disasters contaminate our water systems making them undrinkable for long periods of time.  At some point, you might be stuck without drinking water.  It is better for you and your family to be prepared now before it’s too late.

WaterBrick International is going to do a series of posts on some common disasters and their effects on the water supply, taken from sources such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Hopefully it will open your eyes to the importance of storing water and food for your family.  Stay tuned!

The After-Effects of Superstorm Sandy

Hurricane Sandy, now post-tropical Superstorm Sandy, tore its way through the Northeast and brought along powerful forces causing flooding, power outages and fatalities.  It caused the New York Stock Exchange to close for two consecutive days due to weather; the first time since 1888.  It also caused the worst damage to NY subway’s 108 year history.  If the hurricane were a country it would have been the 20th largest country in the world, roughly twice the size of Texas, as it approached the Northeast coast.

Power Outages

  • On the East Coast, more than 7.5 million people lost power during the storm
  • The Northeast was the hardest hit, but significant power outages occurred all the way to northern Ohio and sporadic outages reached down into northern Georgia


  • According to IHS Global Insight, a forecasting firm, Superstorm Sandy will end up costing about $20 billion in property damages and $10 to $30 billion more in lost business

Chilly Weather and Snow

  • Cold air has moved in across the states.  Today, most states are experiencing temperatures in the 30s and 40s, which has become troublesome for people still without power.

    Low Temperatures after Hurricane Sandy

    Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 Lows across the States

  • On the East Coast, more than 7.5 million people lost power during the storm
  • The Northeast was the hardest hit, but significant power outages occurred all the way to northern Ohio and sporadic outages reached down into northern Georgia
  • There was over 3 feet (36 inches) of snow that fell near Richwood, W. VA.  and the high elevations of East Tennessee received as much as 22” of snowfall.


  • As of Tuesday, 45 fatalities have been reported in the US and Puerto Rico as a result of Sandy.  69 people have been killed in the Caribbean.

Disaster Preparedness with WaterBricks

Disasters occur frequently.  There are many things that are impossible to prepare for, but there are some tools and supplies you can gather to help deal with tragedies.  WaterBrick water and food storage containers are ideal during disaster situations.  Their durability, portability and multi-functionality helps relieve the stress both during and after the disaster strikes.

WaterBrick Ice Blocks

Freeze water inside WaterBricks to keep the freezer cooler for longer during power outages. Once it melts, you’ll have fresh and portable drinking water ready to go

Fill a WaterBrick with water and freeze it to create an ice block.  Then, during power outages, the ice block will help keep for food colder for longer.  Once the ice melts, you will have fresh drinking water that is portable and easy to carry around.

During a snow storm use WaterBricks as part of your automobile’s emergency snow kit.  They can easily store salt or sand that can be used on roads and tires.  Or, fill them up and store them in the back of your truck bed to add weight and extra traction to your tires.

Regardless of where you live, it is always important to have a plan and be prepared for any kind of disaster that may come.  As we saw with Sandy, a hurricane that reached all the way up to New York City, expect the unexpected.

For more information about WaterBrick water and food storage container and its different uses, check out http://www.WaterBrick.org

How to Properly Store Water Long Term in Storage Containers

Properly storing water long-term for emergency situations is vital.  Improperly treated water can lead to high bacteria and algae levels that are potentially life-threatening or fatal.  According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):

“You should have at least a three-day supply of water and you should store at least one gallon of water per person per day.  A normally active person needs at least one-half gallon of water daily just for drinking.  Additionally, in determining adequate quantities, take the following into account:

  • Individual needs vary, depending on age, physical condition, activity, diet, and climate.
  • Children, nursing mothers, and ill people need more water.
  • Very hot temperatures can double the amount of water needed.
  • A medical emergency might require additional water.”

FEMA goes on to explain the how to prepare your own water storage container:

“It is recommended you purchase food-grade water storage containers (like WaterBrick containers) from surplus or camping supplies stores to use for water storage.  Before filling with water, thoroughly clean the containers with dishwashing soap and water, and rinse completely so there is no residual soap.”

Also recommended is adding a water preserving agent such as Water Preserveror Oxy-Stabile Water Preserver.  Both of these products state that users can effectively store water for 5 years by purifying and keeping water bacteriologically safe.  These products can be used with regular tap or bottled water and are highly recommended by users.