ATTENTION HOUSTON PEEPS
All discussion of bottled water as a commodity aside for the moment, Coca-Cola has straight-up said if you’re in Houston metro and need their product to keep yourself safe, take it. It’s yours. They’re not considering it as looting.
PLEASE, if you choose to use this opportunity, be sure you don’t go alone (in case you run into problems getting in or out–I’d recommend having at least three people) and that you have a vehicle or watercraft stable enough to carry what you’re taking. Take what you need and nothing more, for your own safety traveling and also for others who may come for safe potables.
Remember that floodwaters contain oil runoff, heavy metals, and bodily fluids from cadavers and are EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TO DRINK. If no water is available, Sprite or Coke will serve you much better than floodwater because it’s clean and sealed. It won’t be quite as hydrating as pure water, but it won’t give you horrific diseases or metal poisoning, either, and should tide you over until you’re able to get to potable water again.
And finally: it’s a literal drop in the bucket, but kudos to Coca-Cola for doing the right thing and prioritizing lives over profit.