Here is a live prepper emergency. The water has been turned off in your community because it is contaminated with microcystin. Bacteria is in the water in Toledo, Ohio at levels threatening to all living things. It damages the liver of humans and animals.
If you just awoke and tuned into the Examiner Prepper, don't drink until you have read this story.
Don’t drink the water or use it in any manner. It isn’t safe.
“Microcystins are cyclic nonribosomal peptides produced by cyanobacteria (e.g., Microcystis aeruginosa and Planktothrix). They are cyanotoxins and can be very toxic for plants and animals including humans. Their hepatotoxicity may cause serious damage to the liver. Microcystins can strongly inhibit protein phosphatases type 1 (PP1) and 2A (PP2A), and are linked to pansteatitis.”
This means that your home has been invaded by the contamination too because the pipes brought it in. This is an emergency because humans and animals need water to survive. People are exhausting local supplies at stores where water is sold. Until further notice, their restaurants are closed and no one will be taking baths in Toledo, Ohio.
Toledo residents live adjacent Lake Erie and the Maumee River. They are surrounded by water, but the water source that they use is contaminated. The Lucas County Alert System has issued a water alert warning.
If you are a prepper, you have sufficient water stored for emergencies like this one. You have sufficient water for your home residence, including pets, to last for several days, at least. Yet, how long will this emergency last? What actions will be required to purge your home of contamination? Once you get past the initial emergency and shock, what must you do to ensure that you and your home are safe?
This is not a drill; it is a true emergency.
Looking at the Lucas County, Ohio Official site, there are no emergencies or alerts.
The Toledo Blade online reports that the water emergency will continue through Sunday.
It is shocking that official online channels have no mention of the water emergency, but local and national news channels are featuring the alert and emergency warning.
The Toledo Free Press has this story.
“UPDATE: Do-not-drink water advisory issued for City of Toledo, in effect until further notice
Written by Staff Reports | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The City of Toledo issued an urgent water advisory early Saturday morning. The advisory is still in effect.
City of Toledo residents and regional residents (including portions of Lucas, Wood, Fulton and Monroe counties) who receive water from the city are asked to not drink city water until further notice, including water that has been boiled. Water should also not be given to pets.
Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins reiterated around 11 p.m. that no test results are back yet and it’s unlikely anything definitive will be known until tomorrow morning. The advisory will stand.
The early-Saturday notice came after water tests at the city’s Collins Park Water Treatment Plant had two sample readings for microcystin in excess of the recommended standard.
According to the U.S. EPA website, microcystins are toxins produced by cyanobacteria — also known as blue-green algae. Cyanobacteria “are ubiquitous in surface water when conditions are favorable for growth and formation of algal blooms. Cyanobacteria release toxins upon cell death or lysis. When released, toxins may persist for weeks to months. … While the liver is the primary target of microcystins, it is also a skin, eye and throat irritant.”
“What Happened To The Water?
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, Monroe News Staff As of Sunday, August 3, 2014, 06:54 a.m.
Related story: Toledo water alert enters day 2.
Here's what you need to know about the City of Toledo water alert and how it affects Monroe County residents.
What happened to the water?
The City of Toledo issued a water warning shortly after midnight Saturday that tests at one of its treatment plants showed sample readings for microcystin that were considered above the standard for human use. An announcement to the public was made about 1:20 a.m. on the city’s Facebook page, and other people became aware of it via Lucas County Alert System alerts made a couple of hours later.
Residents were told:
■ Not to drink or cook with the water.
■ Not to make infant formula with the water.
■ Not to wash dishes with the water.
■ Not to use it for making ice or brushing teeth.
■ Not to give the water to pets.
Restaurants in the affected area also were urged by Toledo officials to “temporarily suspend their operations.”
Who was affected?
More than 400,000 people were affected. The main geographic area was City of Toledo, although several suburban communities that get their water from Toledo were included. The Monroe County residents affected were in the South County Water District, which is Bedford and Erie Townships, City of Luna Pier and part of LaSalle Township, which also gets its water from Toledo.
Those not in the alert area included the cities of Monroe and Milan, Frenchtown Township and the village of Dundee; as the water supply from all those areas comes from other sources or intake locations. Well water also was fine.
Bottled water containers were snapped up fast at retailers in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan as those who were affected by the water alert drove to nearby communities to get supplies. Ohio license plates, for example, were seen at Busch’s in Carleton on Saturday”