How Much Water?

Picture of woman with child and text reads: Get your kit together! Include water in your emergency kit. You need one gallon per person per day to last you 14 days.

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 people7 days14 days
17 gallons14 gallons
214 gallons28 gallons
321 gallons42 gallons
428 gallons56 gallons
535 gallons70 gallons
642 gallons84 gallons

Looking for more detailed information of what to include in a well-equipped kit? Here are a few resources to get you started: