A 72 hour emergency preparedness kit must provide for the contingency that families may have to leave their homes. If this is the case, we must be prepared to take our water with us, as well as having skills and knowledge in finding and purifying water form alternative sources away from home. We must face the fact that if we are forced to evacuate, it may be to the out­doors, even in the middle of summer desert heat or in winters harsh snows. Water needs in these sit­uations are a very serious matter, and they must be provided for, if families are to be able to survive such an experience. It is recommended that 1 gallon of water per person, per day, is prepared in portable containers, ready to transport immediately, if evacuation is required. For a 72 hour period, this is 3 gallons per person. How much water do I need for my Family's 72 hour kits altogether?

# of people

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Gallons of water needed 3 6 9 12 15 18 21 24 27 30

Bear in mind that water is heavy - about 8 pounds per gallon. If roads are jammed, or Impassable, or for some other reason transportation is unavailable, evacuation may have to take place on foot. In this case all supplies would have to be carried. It is not likely that one's family would be able to carry all the water that is needed (about 24 pounds per person!). Plan methods where some of your emergency supply of water could be PULLED, strapped to something with wheels.

It is also advisable to have an emergency supply of water in your car at all times, at least a gallon per person in your family. This is helpful if you can evacuate by vehicle - you already have water loaded, plus the extra 'you may have time to load; and It is there for you if you get stalled, or have an auto accident In the summer heat, (on a trip, or even In town), because heat exhaustion can occur very quickly If you have no water, (even in an hour or so In extreme temperatures!)

It is recommended that your 72 hour kit water not be all in one type of contain­er, or all in one place. Plan for your water 3 ways; some within each person's kit; some to be carried on the body (canteen style); and some in larger portable containers to be carried, loaded in vehicles, or pulled.

How do you store and carry all that water?