If the idea of putting an emergency kit together has you overwhelmed – don’t despair. Rome wasn’t built in a day. And, your emergency kit doesn’t have to be either.
One of the most important things that you can do to prepare for an emergency is to have an emergency supply of water. This is because people can survive for weeks without food, but only a few days without water. So, water is a good place to start your preparedness efforts. Here in the Pacific Northwest the general rule is to have one gallon of water per person per day to last you 14 days. You may need more than that if you have pets or people with special needs.
This is because experts predict that the Pacific Northwest is overdue for a major earthquake, which may severely damage water systems and other infrastructure. This means that we all will need to rely on our own resources until help arrives. If it sounds like a lot of work, and a lot of water, for something that may not happen in our lifetime, think about it this way, by preparing for the Big One you are also preparing for other types of emergencies.
Storing an emergency water supply is simple
Your emergency water supply can consist of bottled water that you buy from a store, or you can fill your own containers. If you buy bottled water, be sure to keep it in its original container and do not open it until you need to use it. If you use your own container, make sure that it has a tight seal, is made of food-grade plastic or steel designed to hold water, and is properly sanitized before you fill it with tap water. How To Guide for Emergency Water Storage