September is Preparedness Month Do you have adequate water storage?

Nobody likes to think that an emergency might be around the corner – but remember March’s earthquake? An event like that can literally shake people up and help them see the importance of being prepared.

Since September is Preparedness Month, this is a good time to fine-tune your planning so you’ll be more prepared and resilient in an emergency. And since water is so essential to life, having an adequate supply of water on hand is a great place to start.

The basics of water storage

Store at least a three-day supply for each person and each pet in your household. At one gallon per day, that’s three gallons for each living creature.

Commercially bottled water is easiest, but be sure to pay attention to the expiration date and replace it as needed.

You can use food-grade storage containers to store your own water, but be sure to wash them with soap, rinse them completely, and sanitize them with a bleach solution (1 teaspoon per gallon of water) for at least 30 seconds before filling.

Replace stored water every six months.

Where can I learn more?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website is a good place to start. Here’s a link about food and water storage: