Start your emergency prep with water.
People can survive for weeks without food, but only a few days without water. This makes water the key ingredient to start your preparedness efforts.
That’s how long it could take for help to arrive to the Portland OR metro area after the major earthquake that experts predict is likely to knock out water and other important systems for several months or more.
That amount assumes you will use about half a gallon for drinking and another half-gallon to meet sanitation and food preparation needs. You should include more water in your kit if your family has people with special needs (e.g. pregnant women or infants) or if you have pets.
You have options! You can purchase bottled water or use your own sanitized containers to store your emergency water supply. Your home’s water heater may also be an option. Be sure to have the things that you will need to treat additional water. It is better to have some water than none, so think creatively about how you can best use the space you do have to store water and items to treat water.
Help spread the word. We are all in this together.
Most people know they need to add water to their emergency kit, but more than 50% of those surveyed in the Portland metro area said that they do not have emergency water supplies in their home. Help change this by talking to your friends and family about preparedness and by sharing pictures of your water supply on social media and tagging it with #14Gallons.
Getting prepared includes more than storing water. Here are some resources to help you get 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