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How many gallons of water per person per day do you need for an emergency?

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

How many gallons of water per person per day do you need for an emergency?

When the weather around us gets crazy it has the tendency to disrupt our day to day lives. Natural disasters, water main breaks and contaminated water is not so uncommon in today’s world. If this occurs in your life you and your family could be without water for 48 hours or more. In this situation would you be able to continue your day to day?

The rule of thumb is to have one gallon of water per person per day. The Center for Disease Control and prevention suggest drinking a half gallon of water a day and using the other half gallon for hygiene. You should always be prepared for at least three days of water per person or pet.

In my household we have Three humans and a fur baby. This would mean that we should stock 56 gallons of water for two weeks of disruption. That sounds like an abundance of water right? Where would I keep this much?

Did you know that in a 24 pack of bottled water there is slightly over 3 gallons of water? With this said it would require for my family 18 cases of water to meet our water needs for two weeks. The great thing about cases of water is they can be easily stored in a closet, garage, under the beds and of course in the pantry. I believe this is worth it to make sure your family prepared in the face of disaster.  

If you find yourself in an emergency situation and need water assistance call SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill @ 301.753.8313, as most of the time is we have cases of water on hand.

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