The first 72 hours after an emergency event you will be on your own. You cannot survive without Water – it is the most important part of your emergency preparedness. There is a good chance you will not be at home in the event of an emergency so make sure you have water in your car and at work.
- Buy a few cases of water – put one in each car – another at the office – and several more at home. Imagine an earthquake and you are stuck somewhere with no water…
- Each person will require a minimum 15 gallons of water for 72 hours. Do not forget your furry friends as your pets will need water too!
- Commercially available 55 gallon drums can store water indefinitely. Fill one up and cover it with a tarp in the back of your yard.
- Do not overlook the water in your water heater and toilet tanks in the event of an emergency. Turn the gas or electricity off to the water heater – then turn off the intake valve and open the drain. That avoids adding contaminated water to your 50 or 60 gallons of H2O.
- Locate your water main both at the house and the box that the water company uses to read your meter. Have an emergency shutoff wrench for the water (and gas).
- Have some water purification tablets in your emergency kit. Unscented bleach works too – 16 drops per gallon and let stand 30 min. it will still have a slight chlorine smell but that means it’s okay to drink.
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