Water storage is arguably the most vital element of any emergency plan. The human body can live several days without food, but only a few days without water. When you consider that water sources can become contaminated or cut off during a natural or manmade disaster, it makes sense to store as much clean, drinkable water as possible.
You’ll need water for hydration, cooking, and sanitation, so the more you have the better off you’ll be. FEMA recommends drinking no less than one quart (32 ounces) per day, but the amount of water you need will depend on your activity level. Our bodies lose water through sweat, eliminating bodily waste, and even breathing. So, hydration should be the top priority when using your emergency water. If you have emergency food that requires rehydration, like freeze-dried or dehydrated instant meals, you’ll need to factor this into your water storage plan. It’s important to your health (and perhaps mental well-being) to stay clean, so some water will need to be used for sanitation.
For most situations you’ll be at home, but when you're not you’ll need to carry water with you. That’s why we recommend an emergency water storage plan that includes stationary home water storage, portable water storage, and equipment to filter and treat contaminated water for when it's time to replace your supply or to use while you’re traveling. National emergency organizations like FEMA and the American Red Cross recommend storing at least one gallon per person per day for a minimum of 3 days, but as much as your circumstances allow.
Water is a priority under the best circumstances, but is absolutely crucial in an emergency. Check out the articles linked below to learn more.