Get a Kit

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.

One of the most important things that you can do to prepare for an emergency is to have an emergency kit that includes water. People can survive for weeks without food, but only a few days without water, which is why water is such a key element to any well-stocked emergency kit.

Here in the Pacific Northwest, your kit should be able to sustain your entire household (pets too!) for 14 days. This is because experts predict that the region is overdue for a major earthquake that will severely damage water systems and other infrastructure. When this occurs, it will probably take about two weeks for emergency supplies to reach the greater Portland metro area, and you will need to rely on your own resources until help arrives.

Amount of water to include in your emergency kit

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: