Letter: Uncharted Territory


This year our society has ventured into uncharted territory. Once again, we must all prepare for hurricane season, but this time we do so while faced with a full-scale global pandemic!

As a professional in the business of supplying water to others for healthy hydration, I have witnessed how the threat of COVID-19 changes the ways that families must prepare for, and respond to, hurricanes this season. As we all assemble our hurricane kits, it’s critical that we include some key additional items for dealing with potential exposure to the coronavirus, whether our plan is to take shelter elsewhere or to shelter in place.

In addition to our typical inventory of non-perishable foods, water, flashlights, medical supplies, pet supplies, and battery-powered emergency radio, our hurricane kits should also be stocked with supplies for protecting our family members from the pandemic.

This should include hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and at least two cloth masks per person.

Florida Division of Emergency Management’s Director Jared Moskowitz now recommends that families stock a fourteen-day supply of necessary medicines, along with a seven-day cache of food, water, and other critical supplies for each family member.

Keep everything in a portable cooler or waterproof tote that’s easy to grab at short notice. Every person in your family needs one gallon of water per person per day for every day of the week. You should also keep water purification tablets on hand and consider having portable devices like water bottles or plastic pitchers that come with filtration systems to ensure access to clean, potable drinking water.

Finally, we can extend the life of our fresh and frozen food supplies, while simultaneously increasing our water supply, by freezing plastic containers filled with water. If the power goes out, this ice will keep food in the freezer, refrigerator, and coolers from spoiling for longer periods. When the ice does melt, it becomes more available water for drinking and washing. Download hurricane safety checklists at https://hurricanesafety.org/prepare/hurricane-safety-checklists/ for more information.

It has been a rough start to the year for all of us. There’s an old proverb that states “Diligence is the Mother of Good Luck”–the importance of planning for the best but preparing for the worst cannot be overstated. By taking the time now to plan ahead, we can more ably ride out, not only the lurking danger from hurricanes, but also COVID-19. Be safe and healthy, everyone!

Kent Koptiuch, Florida Natural Resources Manager, Nestlé Waters North America

Kent S. Koptiuch is a Certified Ground Water Professional and hydrogeologist with more than 36 years of experience in groundwater investigations, assessments, remediation, and management.

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  • Oh yeah, wear that mask! Taking water from our springs are you? Thanks for reminding me to boycott Nestle!

  • Sorry, Kent…but there’s no “full-scale global pandemic”. Mortality rate projections by reckless modelers like Neil Feruson have been debunked. If a weaponized virus was actually deployed it proved to be far too weak to overwhelm healthcare facilites — What we have is a New World Order coup attempt by elite technocrats under color of a “virus” that is proving no more deadly than a bad Flu season. — CV-19 has proven to be a “PLANdemic” where fear was deployed as the driving force in order to gain mass cooperation to usher in a global police state, mandatory vaccines (Bill Gates) that will change your DNA, standardize tracking and tracing for any reason and establish ultimate electronic (5G and satellite) control of the remaining subserviant human species. — A Rockefeller Foundation publication called “Scenarios for the Future of Technology and International Development” in 2010, describes a coronavirus-like pandemic that becomes the trigger for the imposition of police-state controls on movement, economy, and population numbers. — In 2014, investigative reporter, Harry Vox predicted how a pandemic would, one day, be used as a shock of fear to control the global population.

  • Some folks can look under any random rock and find a New World Order Deep State Conspiracy, especially if they forget to wear their Tin Foil Hat while getting their Bill Gates microchip implanted. Sad.

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