If you need another reason to take some reasonable preparedness steps around the house, consider that now just some of the 300,000 people in Charleston, West Virginia can start using their faucets again. Most households are still stuck with water that is considered too contaminated to use, five days after the chemical spill. The scary thing is that this problem was reportedly started by just a one inch hole in an older storage tank, which managed to leak out 7,500 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol before anyone noticed and then could do anything about it. Realistic preparation is about being ready for these kinds of actual events…well, unless drinking too much 4-methylcyclohexane methanol turns people into zombies, because then those other folks with bunkers and armored vehicles would have been right, after all.

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