Emergency Water Supply

20 Days to Ready: Keep Water on Tap for Everyone (Day 6)

20 Days to Ready is a series of simple, daily tasks to help you better prepare for emergencies and protect your family when disaster strikes. Follow along, day by day, and you’ll be more ready (for just about anything) in a few short weeks.

ASSIGNMENT: Gather an Emergency Water Supply

It’s common knowledge that potable water is essential in an emergency situation, but how much is enough? A normally active person needs to drink two quarts (½ gallon) a day, according to the American Red Cross. But when you factor in water for food prep and hygiene purposes, you should plan on one gallon per person, per day, the relief agency says. And consider the same amount for each pet.

So, today’s task is to gather at least a three-day supply (a two-week supply is even better) for every member of the family, per Red Cross guidelines.

Calculate your water needs for a two-week time period:

Number of people and pets x 14 (days) = Gallons of water to store

Buy commercially bottled water, keep it in its original container, and store it in a cool, dry place, the Red Cross says. If you can’t manage a two-week supply, store what you can. Sure, you might have to sacrifice some space in the pantry or garage, but you can also get creative with your water keeping–stash the jugs in a closet or under a big table draped with a cloth.

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