You should have at least a three-day supply of water and you should store at least one gallon of water per person per day. A normally active person needs at least one-half gallon of water daily just for drinking. During an emergency you and your family will depend on water for drinking and sanitary requirements. It is important that everyone remains hydrated. Our portable water storage bag is compact and is an essential part of any emergency preparedness kit.
Additionally, in determining adequate quantities, take the following into account:
- Individual needs vary, depending on age, physical condition, activity, diet, and climate.
- Children, nursing mothers, and ill people need more water.
- Very hot temperatures can double the amount of water needed.
- A medical emergency might require additional water.
When preparing to use the water storage bag fill it to the top with regular tap water. If the tap water has been commercially treated from a water utility with chlorine, you do not need to add anything else to the water to keep it clean. If the water you are using comes from a well or water source that is not treated with chlorine, add two drops of non-scented liquid household chlorine bleach to the water. Place a date on the outside of the container so that you know when you filled it. Store in a cool, dark place. Replace the water every six months.