How much water should I store for emergencies?
Storing an adequate supply of potable (drinking) water is always a good emergency preparedness idea. Earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, even power outages can interrupt the flow of water. Depending on your personal circumstance, you should store enough water for no less than 3 days and no more than 14 days.

The average American household uses an average of 2 gallons of water each day for drinking and cooking. To determine your exact usage, conduct a 2-day test measuring the water you use to drink, brush your teeth, and cook. Don't forget kitchen cleanup.

Store the water either in new containers or containers used to store drinking water. Do not use discarded milk containers. Make sure the containers are airtight. Store them in a cool location and change them every few months to keep the water fresh.

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1. How do I find out if my water is okay?
2. How will I be informed if something is wrong with my water?
3. If something is wrong with the water, will it be cloudy or change color?
4. If my water is contaminated, will it taste or smell differently?
5. Should I buy bottled water?
6. How much water should I store for emergencies?
7. Should I start filling up jugs of water now?
8. What if my drinking water comes from my own water well?
9. How can I help keep water safe?
10. What should I do if something is wrong with my water?