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 Red Cross 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 the 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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