Get Ready. Get Water.
Sponsored by the Regional Water Providers Consortium.
Here in the Portland metro area, your emergency kit should include enough water to sustain your entire household (pets too!) for 14 days. This is because, in the event of a major earthquake, it is likely that local water systems and other infrastructure could be severely damaged, and it will take time for emergency supplies to reach our region. Until they arrive, you will have to rely on your own resources.
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.
You need enough water to last you 14 days.
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.
Your goal is to get one gallon of water per person per day.
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.
Store what you can, where you can.
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.
Set an example – take the #14Gallons Challenge.
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 sharing pictures of your water supply on social media and tagging it with #14Gallons. Then, challenge your friends and family add water to their kit!