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water storageEmergency Preparedness Water Storage

As the summer is winding down and school is starting up, don’t forget about emergency preparedness. If something was to happen to the local water supply, does your family have enough water to last one day, three days, one month? When was the last time your water storage was checked for expiration or contaminants?

The Institute of Medicine recommends that men drink 13 cups of water per day and that women should drink 9 cups. This is just an average. If you work out in the hot sun, or you lead a more active lifestyle, you will need more. Don’t forget your water supply should include water for your pets and food prep.

Typically, the recommendation for emergency water storage is to have 3 gallons per person, per day for all water needs. For a family of four the supply of water should look like for one day is 24 pack of 20oz bottles found at local grocery stores. Now add to it for animals or more kids.

For this month, start working on your water savings if you haven’t already. If you have, try to add to it, to make it last longer.

For more information on water storage, check out the following resources:
http://www.fema.gov/pdf/library/f&web.pdf
http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/safe_water/personal.html

 

July 5, 2017