How Much Water?
The general rule is to include one gallon of water per person per day in your emergency kit. That assumes about half a gallon for drinking and another half-gallon to meet sanitation and food preparation needs. You may need to include more water in your kit if your family includes people with special needs (e.g. pregnant women or infants) or if you have pets.
|Number of people||7 days||14 days|
|1||7 gallons||14 gallons|
|2||14 gallons||28 gallons|
|3||21 gallons||42 gallons|
|4||28 gallons||56 gallons|
|5||35 gallons||70 gallons|
|6||42 gallons||84 gallons|
- Pets: Consider setting aside a one-week supply of fresh water for each of your pets. If officials declare your household water unfit to drink, it’s also unsafe for your pets. Keep in mind that you may want to have an extra gallon or two on hand in case your pet is exposed to chemicals or something else that needs to get rinsed off.
Looking for more detailed information of what to include in a well-equipped kit? Here are a few resources to get you started:
- Public Alerts provides information on major service disruptions in the Portland-Vancouver metro area via text, email or phone. It also has great information to help you Get Ready for emergencies.
- American Red Cross Prepare! Resource Guide: English, Spanish
- City of Gresham’s Neighborhood Ready Booklet