Many people overlook the most important thing that they should be stocking up on before a natural disaster occurs. They often think of the common things like food, batteries, gas, toilet paper, medications, etc., but quite often they overlook the most important thing. . . Water.
Without an adequate supply of clean drinking water you can not survive more than a couple days. A person can last up to a week or longer without food, but only a mere 48-hours without water. To put it plainly, if you do not have water to drink, you will die.
Now that we understand the importance of a clean uncontaminated drinking water supply, just how much water do we need to stock up?
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends a minimum of 1 gallon per person per day and a minimum of 3 days worth. Remember, these are the absolute minimums that are recommended.
Depending on climate, temperature, activity, age, health, medical conditions, etc., the recommended minimum amount of water per person can increase drastically. Also, these recommendations do not account for the additional water needed for hygiene, washing dishes, watering pets, gardening, etc.
What if the normal water supply is not restored in 3 days? Do you just go without water until it is finally restored. Think about Hurricane Harvey down in Texas, they have now been dealing with the effects and aftermath of that situation for over a week and it will not be over anytime soon. The flooding caused by Harvey has contaminated many normal drinking water supplies rendering them still unusable a week later.
Unlike food storage, water is extremely cheap to store for emergencies. We recommend having at least 5 gallons of water per person per day, plus at least 1 gallon of water per day per animal. We also recommend having a full 14 days worth of water on hand just in case the normal water supply can not be restored quickly. You would rather have too much water stored and not need it, than not enough and run out.
I often hear people say that it is difficult to store enough clean drinking water and that water storage containers are too expensive. This is simply not the case though. For a little over $20 you can have between 60 to 100 gallons of fresh, clean, uncontaminated drinking water ready to be used for drinking, cooking, hygiene, etc. And it only takes about 20 to 40 minutes to get the water ready for storage.
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