Emergency Preparedness Water Storage

Water is an essential element to survival and a necessary item in an emergency supplies kit. Following a disaster, clean drinking water may not be available. Your regular water source could be cut-off or compromised through contamination. Prepare yourself by building a supply of water that will meet your family’s needs during an emergency.


How Much Water Do I Need?

You should store at least one gallon of water per person per day. A normally active person needs at least one gallon of water daily just for drinking however individual needs vary, depending on age, physical condition, activity, diet and climate.

To determine your water needs, take the following into account:

  •     One gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation.
  •     Children, nursing mothers and sick people may need more water.
  •     A medical emergency might require additional water.
  •     If you live in a warm weather climate more water may be necessary. In hot temperatures, water needs can   double.
  •     Keep at least a three-day supply of water per person.

Source: Ready.gov