This month’s goal:Have enough water on-hand for your family to last 3 days. This should be about 3 gallons per person (one gallon per person per day). During a power outage you may find yourself without a way to get water. Your water supply can also become unsafe to drink. Both private wells and city water systems can be contaminated in a disaster.
Also, include an extra one gallon for a medium size pet.
1 day, 1 person = 1 gallon (or 128 ounces) = 7-20 ounce bottles = 4 liters
Helpful Tip:In an emergency where you have to use your back up drinking water, don't follow in the footsteps of Ned Nederlander and Lucky day. Be sure to drink at least two quarts (one half gallon) of water per day. The rest of your water supply should be used for cooking and washing. If you are pregnant, sick, or a child, drink 3-4 quarts a day.
- Step 1: Turn off the gas or electricity to water heater
- Step 2: Turn off the water intake valve.
- Step 3: Open the drain at the bottom of the tank.
- Step 4: Turn on a hot water faucet. Do not turn the gas or electricity back on until the tank is refilled.
- Step 1: Turn off main water valve where the water comes into the house.
- Step 2: Let air into the pipes by turning on the highest faucet in your house.
- Step 3: Get water from the lowest faucet in your house (never get water from faucets that have been submerged in floodwater).