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Great Shakeout 2014: The Importance of Hydration During Emergencies

October 17 marks the 25th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake, a 6.9-magnitude quake that devastated DripDrop’s home, the San Francisco Bay Area.

Since then, many organizations along the West Coast and around the country have united to advocate for earthquake preparedness. And their work is culminating in the annual Great Shakeout, a world-wide earthquake drill that will take place on the 16th.

The Great Shakeout is a wonderful opportunity to test your earthquake-preparedness skills. But it’s also important for helping to increase awareness of emergency preparedness, in general. Floods, tornadoes and hurricanes can all create hazardous conditions, and having a plan in place and a stockpile of supplies can make all the difference.

Why Emergency Kits are so Critical for a Natural Disaster 

Putting together an emergency kit is an important first step in being prepared. Your kit, according to the American Red Cross, should include essentials like first-aid supplies, medications, non-perishable food, and of course, water. (You can check out their entire emergency preparedness supply list here.)

Clean water isn’t always available during the first few days of an emergency response effort. And the Red Cross recommends having on hand one gallon of water per person, per day. And if you have pets, you’ll need even more.

Unfortunately, the potential lack of clean water increases the instance of acute diarrhea, according to the CDC, which if left untreated can quickly lead to dehydration. This – in combination with disruptions in healthcare that can make getting treatment more difficult and changes in personal hygiene – are the three most common causes of acute diarrhea in emergency situations.

Plus, lack of access to water and acute diarrhea are reasons dehydration is one of the most common conditions reported during the initial relief efforts. For example, dehydration affected numerous people following Hurricane Sandy and the historic 2013 floods in Colorado.

Oral Rehydration Products Are Essential In Emergency Preparedness

There are several reasons why oral rehydration solutions like DripDrop are an important first-aid item in disaster response. First, DripDrop and other ORS are designed to reverse and treat dehydration. For instance, if someone is suffering from diarrhea, DripDrop provides a precise ratio of electrolytes, formulated to replenish those lost due to diarrhea and help the body rehydrate faster.

Plus, when access to healthcare is limited, DripDrop enables treatment for mild-to-moderate dehydration to begin immediately, as soon as symptoms arise.

Secondly, DripDrop hydrates better than plain water and helps the body retain more fluids. Thus, you don’t have to drink as much water to maintain optimal hydration – which is especially important if your clean water supply is limited.

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