Store Emergency Water
The human body can function for a long while without food, but the lack of water impacts your health within one day. Having a supply of water on hand is the most important thing you can do to prepare your family for a disaster. Additional information on emergency preparedness is available at the Regional Water Providers Consortium website.
- Store a three day supply of water for each person in your household. Figure one gallon per person per day. Store extra water for pets and family members with special needs.
- Use sanitized, food-grade plastic containers for water storage. Glass containers may break and non-food grade plastic containers will 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 Ready.gov both offer extensive guidance on family emergency preparedness and disaster response.