Aside from oxygen, water is the most essential element for human life.  To prepare for an emergency, each person is encouraged to have at least a 3-day supply of water (at least one gallon per person per day).  A healthy, active person needs at least one-half gallon of water daily for drinking, but it would be nice to have that other half gallon for cleaning up. 🙂

Here are some guidelines to determine your family’s water storage needs:

  • Ages, physical condition, activity and special dietary needs in your home.
  • Climate of your area. Very hot temperatures can double the amount of water needed.
  • Children, nursing mothers, and ill people need more water.
  • Medical emergencies can require additional water.
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