Clean drinking water and your survival

Clean water is important for your health, and it’s more than simply turning on a faucet and drinking whatever water is available to the public. Public water doesn’t taste as good as pure, natural water, that’s what most people tend to agree with. For the most part, having clean, drinkable water is something we have come to rely upon as an unquestionable norm. The harsh reality is that if a disaster occurred and the supply lines to fresh water were comprised, we would be in serious trouble.

After covering being prepared with emergency food late last week, we decided it was time to tackle the task of keeping pure and safe water on hand in case of a natural or man-made disaster that could strike at any moment.

Pure water is not readily available in a disaster

FEMA recommends that you store at least one gallon of water per person and pet, per day, for a minimum of three days. This is, of course, just a minimum, as a water supply that lasts for just a few days is not going to be adequate enough to survive on. It’s possible that safe water would not be available for days or even weeks after the occurrence of a disaster, so stocking up on a long-term supply could be the most important decision you make for the survival of yourself and your loved ones.

To determine your water needs, take the following into account:

  • One gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation.
  • Children, nursing mothers and sick people may need more water.
  • A medical emergency might require additional water.
  • If you live in a warm weather climate more water may be necessary. In very hot temperatures, water needs can double.

We recommend you store up to a three week supply for each person. That means for two people to drink 1 gallon a day — the FEMA recommendation amount — it adds up to 42 gallons of water you’ll want to save. 21 gallons for each person for a 3 week period should cover your minimal needs for drinking, food preparation and very minimal hygiene. If you’re looking to keep yourself cleaner, you might need even more than that, but this is a good starting point.

Water purifiers will keep your water safe to drink for this long period, helping you to ride out the most difficult part of a disaster: survival. Get well prepared with our water purifiers.