#14 Gallons Challenge
While there are many other things that you can do to prepare for emergencies, water is the key ingredient to being prepared. People can survive for weeks without food, but only a few days without water. Start (or continue) your preparedness efforts by participating in the Regional Water Providers Consortium's #14Gallons Challenge during our promotion in the month of September or any time of year.
How to participate:
Obtain 14 gallons of water per person for your entire household. If you already have an emergency water supply, skip to step two!
Take a creative photo with your emergency water supply.
Post your photo online (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) with the hashtag #14Gallons, and challenge three of your friends to do the same.
Why 14 Gallons?
You may be familiar with the recommendation to have a three-day supply of food and water. Here in the Pacific Northwest, the general rule is to have one gallon of water per person per day stored in your home to last you 14 days. And, you may need more than that if you have pets or people with special needs. This is because experts predict that the Pacific Northwest is overdue for a major earthquake, which may severely damage water systems and other infrastructure. When this occurs, it could take two weeks or longer for emergency supplies to reach our region. This means that we all will need to rely on our own resources until help arrives.
About the #14Gallons Challenge
The #14Gallons Challenge was originally launched by Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) in 2015 as a result of their Unprepared series which featured a wealth of information on how unprepared Oregon and Oregonians are for a megaquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone and what individuals can do to be more prepared for earthquakes and other emergencies. The Consortium partnered with OPB in 2016 to relaunch the #14Gallons Challenge and promoted it again in 2017.