Published: November 15, 2016

    Will You Have Enough Water When Disaster Strikes?

    Preparing for a natural disaster may seem like an arduous process. Storing adequate water, food, and first aid supplies in smaller spaces like apartments and condos may seem difficult, it may seem like a use of space better left for “essentials.”

    But with the climate shifting and global warming continuing unabated, natural disasters like hurricanes and floods will increase in frequency. Earthquakes in many parts of the country are long overdue. When disaster strikes, it’s already too late – and those secondary supplies suddenly become the only essentials you need.

    Digging beyond the basics, you’ll need to calculate how much water and food you’ll ultimately need for your family. We’ve previously examined how to calculate the amount of water you’ll need for an emergency. But did you know that there is no hard or fast rule regarding disaster water storage?

    While a general rule is to allow one gallon of water per person per day, this guideline can (and should) be tweaked according to context. What kind of natural disasters are most prevalent where you live? How long will you need to sustain yourself without access to clean water? Disasters that destroy pipelines, like earthquakes, can keep you without reliable water for weeks.

    In addition, consider who’s in your family. Small children and the elderly will require more water per day to stay properly hydrated. In addition, hot water and humid climates cause you to sweat. The additional water needed to hydrate and wash your body means your storage amount should increase.

    Always ensure that the water in your disaster storage containers is filtered. Filtered water is safer and free of contaminants, maintaining a refreshing and pure taste for months on end. When filling up containers for emergency storage, consider how much water you might need and the water quality concerns that may occur, you might want a whole house filtration system or a water purifier even an $80 countertop drinking filter will provide effective protection from the chemicals and possible contaminants in your tap water.

    What kind of containers should you store your water in? Purchasing individual bottles of water, even in large packages, is a costly mistake. The excessive plastic waste will harm the environment, and in a disaster recycling will not be likely. In addition, the serving size limitations make personal hygiene tasks more complicated.

    The ideal containers for emergency water storage are BPA-free, stackable and sized for easy storage. These containers are durable, large, and optimal for disaster scenarios.

    Water is vital for your survival in a natural disaster, but it isn’t the only key to keeping your family safe. There are numerous steps to take when prepping for disasters. Provide the best possible preparation for your family by following the helpful guide by Wise Food Storage.

    The infographic below goes beyond water preparedness to cover topics like food preparation, storage, and equipment needed to adequately cook and survive for extended periods of time. Read their suggestions to stay prepped for storms, earthquakes, floods, and more. There’s no need to worry when you’re ready and prepared.

    Prepping for Disasters Infographic