Storing Water for Emergencies
Fresh Water to Weather the Storm
June 01, 2014
One of the most important items to have during a disaster is safe drinking water. So if you haven’t prepared yet, there’s no time like the present to create an emergency supply kit.
Here are some tips from Your Own Utilities:
- Plan to store enough water to last at least three days. The Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) recommends 3-7 days.
- Figure each person in the house needs one gallon per day. That means a family of four should have 12 gallons of water on hand. People with special needs, however, such as nursing mothers, infants and family members with illnesses, will require more.
- Store the water in high-quality plastic rather than glass containers, which can break. Also avoid paper cartons, since they can weaken over time.
- Make sure the container has been washed and rinsed well before filling.
- If you have advance warning of a disaster or disruption of your water service, fill sinks, bathtubs and all available containers with water. Also fill your washing machine with water. This supply can be used for cleaning or to operate your toilet.