Storing Water in Preparation of Emergencies

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Every day people around the world set aside money for an emergency. Doing so provides a sense of security if an appliance breaks, a vehicle needs repairs, or an unexpected medical procedure has to happen. It makes logical sense to protect our financial security. Being prepared for a natural disaster makes sense too. Preparing for an emergency can mean the difference between life and death. Hurricanes, tornadoes, and blizzards happen often. Do you have the supplies needed to go a week or two without running water?

It is possible to survive without food for a short period, but survival without adequate water is impossible. According to The National Terror Alert (,

“A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day. Hot environments can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers and ill people will need even more. You will also need water for food preparation and hygiene. Store a total of at least one gallon per person, per day. You should store at least a two-week supply of water for each member of your family.”

The National Terror Alert

This number accounts for two-quarts of drinking water and two-quarts of cooking/sanitizing water, per person. Carefully consider your environment when calculating your water needs. Hot regions and those in higher altitudes typically use more water per day. The amount of water consumed can double in some circumstances. Plan accordingly.

Bottled water is inexpensive and easy to store. According to the FDA, “bottled water is considered to have an indefinite safety shelf life.” Since bottled water is predominately in plastic bottles, it is wise to store the bottles in a cool, dry, and dark place that is free from any chemicals. In doing so, you will ensure that the plastic doesn’t deteriorate from unnecessary exposure.

Based on The National Terror Alert’s figures, a family of four will need 28 gallons of water for one week, possibly more. As you consider the needs of yourself and your family, take into account the age and health of each person, dietary needs of each person, and the environment where you live. Remember that during warmer months, the body requires more water to stay properly hydrated.

Water is just the beginning of preparing for any emergency. It sustains our lives, one drop at a time. How much water do you have stored in case you do not the ability to use tap water or access water from a well in the event of an emergency?