It's a fact that humans can live a week or so without food, but that is not likely the case with water. Depending upon the situation and climate that you are in, humans can go anywhere from 6 hours to several days without water. Water is a priority for your preparedness kit. Let us assist you in finding out how easy it can be to store water.
How much water you will need. The emergency management officials are now saying that we will need up to a 2 week supply of water before rescue supplies will be available. TWO WEEKS! Well, that's enough to send us all into a tail spin! So, try not to panic and let that adrenaline rush drive you to be proactive by starting small. Having some water stored, even if it's two days worth, is better than nothing!
- 1 gallon per person, per day (includes water for hygiene and cooking)
- 2 weeks supply
How to prepare and store water. The links below can show you what to do! They will tell you what seismic upgrades are being made to make the water systems in the region more resilient, give you guidance on how much water to store water and how to sanitize the container.
- Regional Water Providers Consortium > regionalh2o.org/emergency-preparedness
- Oregon Emergency Management > oregon.gov/oem/Documents/2_Weeks_Ready-Water
Personal water filtration systems are also a good option if you are unsure of the water source that you might want to use. You can find personal water filtration devises at any camping stores, camping sections within a grocery store/outdoor store and, of course, on line. Be sure to get one that you are going to feel comfortable using and try it out once you get one.
Water storage opportunities
Most people understand the need and concept of storing water, but where to put seems to become a stumbling block that prevents positive action. Cost of storage containers can also be a reality for most people. Have no fear, we have ideas for you!
Smaller spaces. Think apartments, condos, smaller AUD's, camper vans.
Find places where water can be stored without it interfering with your living space. Here are some storage ideas:
- in closets (lower location)
- behind/under a couch/chair
- under the sink
- keep a camelback filled
Small space container ideas:
- Store bought water (keep in cool, dark locations)
- 1-3 gallon w/ molded handle to carry if you need to evacuate, stackable
- BPA free, food grade #2 HDPE (strongest and most durable)
- don't recommend container having a spout, they often leak and can get knocked off...and there goes your water. : (
Larger spaces. Think houses, ADU's, split houses, larger apartments.
Place water storage inside and outside the house. Storage ideas:
- mud rooms or perimeter rooms/closets inside
- under deck, under outdoor benches, porch/deck storage chests
- outdoor shed
- car, bike carriage
- water heater tank, typically 50 gallon (but basements might be tricky to access if your house becomes unstable)
- 3-5 gallon w/ molded handle to carry if you need to evacuate, stackable
- rain barrels, used only for drinking water