It’s National Preparedness Month, so it’s a great time to review what steps you can take to protect yourself and your family during a disaster or emergency.
Ready.gov, which is run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA, has a lot of information available to individuals and families who may be putting together an emergency plan. Water plays an important role in our daily lives so it would have to be a part of a family emergency plan and kit.
The following information is taken directly from Ready.gov’s Water page for things to consider when determining how much water should be stored in case of an emergency:
• One gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation.
• Children, nursing mothers and sick people may need more water.
• A medical emergency might require additional water.
• If you live in a warm weather climate more water may be necessary. In very hot temperatures, water needs can double.
• Keep at least a three-day supply of water per person.
There are also tips are on that page on how to store water and preparing containers for water storage, and managing water info is on another page. DrinkTap.org also has valuable info available on water supply in a disaster.
Make sure to review this material and much more when putting together your own family emergency plan and kit.