After a disaster, clean drinking water can by hard to come by or not available at all. Your source of drinking water could be contaminated or you may lose power so you’re well may not work to pump water. Prepare your family by taking some time and build up a supply of water that will take care of your family in times of emergencies.
How Much Water Should I Store
The recommended amount of drinking water to have on hand is at least one gallon of clean drinking water per person for three days. Now a normal active person should consume about three quarters of a gallon of fluid per day. This could come from water or some other form of beverage and it depends on age, health conditions, diet and physical activity.
Take Into Consideration
- Age of children and adults
- Health of the people in the group
- Medical needs
- Climate, hotter temperatures will require more water
- If water will be needed for cooking
Tips for Water
- IF you know an emergency is going to happen, say a bad storm like a hurricane always store as much water as possible.
- Use water that you know is not contaminated first. If necessary only consume water as needed if you feel the water could be contaminated, just do not get dehydrated.
- Do not drink caffeinated beverages. Caffeine and alcohol will dehydrate your body and you will waste precious water because your body will need it to get back hydrated.
Living and visiting countries that do not have clean drinking water like the United States I have experienced illness from drinking bad water, and it is not fun at all. Be extremely careful if you feel the water you are going to drink may be bad. There are iodine pills that can be added to the water to make it safe, there are hand filters that you can use to filter out impurities from the water. Boiling water is another great ways to make water safe to drink, if you use this method make sure that you bring the water to a rapid boil and keep it boiling for a good full minute.
Here are a couple resources that our government and FEMA have put out for us just in case we need additional information on water safety in times of emergencies.
Water is something that we take for granted every day. But having an ample supply of clean water is a top priority. We would love to hear from you on your experiences with drinking water for your family.