The human body can function for an extended period of time without food, but the lack of water can begin to have health effects within one day. One of the easiest things that you can do to protect your family’s health during a disaster event is to set aside an emergency supply of water. Additional information on emergency preparedness is available at the Regional Water Providers Consortium website.
- Keep at least a 72-hour (three day) supply of water for each person in your household. Store one gallon per person per day. Anticipate two quarts per person per day for drinking and another two quarts per day for food preparation and sanitation. Store extra water for pets and any family members with special needs.
- Tap water can be safely stored in sanitized, food-grade plastic containers. Avoid glass containers that may break or containers that degrade. Store tightly sealed, clearly labeled, containers in a cool, dark location and replace every six months. Commercially bottled water is another option.
- The Red Cross and FEMA both offer extensive guidance on family emergency preparedness and disaster response.