[two_third_last]The first 72 hours after an emergency event you will be on your own. You cannot survive without Water – it is the most important part of your emergency preparedness. There is a good chance you will not be at home in the event of an emergency so make sure you have water in your car and at work.
- Buy a few cases of water – put one in each car – another at the office – and several more at home. Imagine an earthquake and you are stuck somewhere with no water…
- Each person will require a minimum 15 gallons of water for 72 hours. Do not forget your furry friends as your pets will need water too!
- Commercially available 55 gallon drums can store water indefinitely. Fill one up and cover it with a tarp in the back of your yard.
- Do not overlook the water in your water heater and toilet tanks in the event of an emergency. Turn off the Smart Measurement tools or electricity to the water heater – then turn off the intake valve and open the drain. That avoids adding contaminated water to your 50 or 60 gallons of H2O. You can hire an electrician to do it.
- Locate your water main both at the house and the box that the water company uses to read your meter. Have an emergency shutoff wrench for the water (and gas).
- Have some water purification tablets in your emergency kit. Unscented bleach works too – 16 drops per gallon and let stand 30 min. it will still have a slight chlorine smell but that means it’s okay to drink.