How Much Water Should You Prepare in Case of an Emergency?

by Alana Gibbs on September 06, 2022

How much water should you store in case of an emergency? This is a question that a lot of people are asking these days. The answer, however, may vary depending on the situation. In this article, we will discuss how much water you need to have on hand in different types of emergencies. We will also provide some tips on how to store water properly so that it is safe to drink in the event of an emergency.

We recommend that when preparing for an emergency you should aim to have enough water to last you for at least three days.



How much water do I need to stay alive? 

If we're looking at worst case scenario, the minimum liquid human's need to survive for up to 2 weeks is around 500ml (half a litre) per day. This means that you should have at least 1.5 litres of water per person ready to survive a 72 hour period. But as we said, this is bare minimum.


Emergency Water Supply

For greatest comfort, we recommend that you pack and plan for at least 2 litres per person, per day. This will ensure that you can still function at your best, which is really important in times of emergency. 


Why Might Water Not Be Safe?

If you are stranded in an area without access to clean water, which can be quite common during natural disasters, you will need to find a way to purify any water that you come across to avoid getting sick. 

During times of floods and storms, water is often contaminated with unsafe bacterias, which can cause illness including diarrhoea and even diseases that can cause serious medical harm. When faced with an emergency, it's vital that you look after your health and ensure that you are drinking only purified water.

It is a good idea to have a water filter and/or water purification tablets on hand or in your emergency bag so that you can purify any water that you may come across in an emergency.




How Should I Store My Emergency Water

We recommend to store your emergency water in either hard plastic or metal containers in a cool, dark area. Make sure your lids are tight and that they are easily accessible. This will ensure that your water doesn't become contaminated.



Alternatively, you could use an emergency specific water product. We love SOS Food Lab Emergency Drinking Water pouches. 



In general, it is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to emergency preparedness. Having too much water is always better than not having enough.

If you're planning for emergency water, you might be planning for emergency food rations too. Below we will provide you with our recommendations for preparing food for emergency situations. 


Emergency Food Supply


What should you include in your emergency food stash?

There are a few things to keep in mind when stocking your emergency food supply. First, you'll want to make sure that you have enough non-perishable food to last for at least three days. Based on what we're seeing around the world, in some cases it may take this length of time for relief efforts to reach you in the event of an emergency.

During an emergency, it's unlikely that you'll have time or electricity to cook up gourmet meals, so it's important to have food on hand that is quick and easy to consume and calorie dense.

Next, you'll want to think about the types of food that you include in your emergency stash. We recommend that you have a variety of foods that will provide you with the energy that you need. You could include things like canned fruits beans and vegetables, high-calorie bars, dried fruit and nuts.



Best Emergency Food Supplies

-Canned fruits and vegetables

-High-calorie bars

-Dried fruit and nuts

-Other dried foods

-Canned soup or baked beans

-Peanut butter

-Granola or cereal bars

-Trail mix

-Jerky or dried meat

-Other high protein foods

Its worth including a manual can opener in your emergency food supply, as well as any other utensils or tools that you might need to prepare and eat your food.


What is the longest lasting emergency food?

If you have an emergency bag with 72 hours of supplies, it's unlikely you'll be able to fit many of the above foods, which is why we suggest survival food such as high-calorie bars, as they are calorie dense, light and compact for when you are on the go. They also have a 5 year shelf-life!

Remember to rotate your emergency food supply every six-twelve months to ensure that the food is still fresh and edible. By following these simple tips, you can be sure that you and your loved ones will be prepared in the event of an emergency.

Another thing worth considering is having access to an emergency backup power such as a power bank or generator so that you can have access to some power to add light and warmth in times of emergency, and maybe even make a coffee!

We hope that this blog post has been helpful in answering the question of how much water you should prepare in case of an emergency. Remember, the most important thing is to have enough water to last you for at least three days. If you can, try to have even more water on hand just to be safe. And finally, don't forget to purify any water that you may come across in an emergency so that you don't get sick. Stay safe out there!



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