Creating & Storing an Emergency Water Supply
Creating an emergency water supply for you and your family is an essential part of emergency preparations.
Create & Store an Emergency Water Supply
- Store at least 1 gallon of water per day for each person and each pet. You should consider storing more water than this for hot climates, for pregnant women, and for persons who are sick.
- Store at least a 3-day supply of water for each person and each pet. Try to store a 2-week supply, if possible.
- Observe the expiration date for store-bought water. Replace non-store bought water every 6 months.
- Store a bottle of unscented liquid household chlorine bleach (label should say it contains between 6% and 8.25% of sodium hypochlorite) to disinfect your water, if necessary, and to use for general cleaning and sanitizing.
Create a Disaster Supplies Kit
- Make sure you have a Disaster Supplies Kit. Be sure to include sanitation and hygiene items, such as liquid soap, toilet paper, and feminine hygiene supplies.
- Pack the items in easy-to-carry containers and label them clearly. Duffle bags, backpacks, and covered trash receptacles are good candidates for containers.
- Store the containers and the rest of your kit where they are easily accessible.
- Print water-related CDC flyers to keep in your kit:
Planning for an Emergency: Podcast
What’s in Your Emergency Kit?
Series Name: CDC Emergency Preparedness and You
Running Time: 3:09
Release Date: 12/20/2012
Summary: An emergency kit can help you survive during a disaster. This podcast discusses supplies to include in your kit.
- Page last reviewed: September 8, 2017
- Page last updated: September 8, 2017
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