What to Know About Having An Emergency Water Supply

Regardless of where in the country you live, it’s never a bad idea to have an emergency kit on hand. You could always use it in case of a blizzard, hurricane, earthquake, wildfire, flood, or other natural disaster affects your area.

Having an emergency kit will not only help in case the unexpected occurs and you are cut off from necessities. But it will also give your family ample peace of mind, knowing that you have prepared.

A first-aid kit, non-perishable food items, flashlights, and a radio with batteries are all essential items to store away. But what about one of the most essential items of all – water?

Here’s what you need to know about storing a supply of water in case of an emergency. Plus, read a few tips to make sure that you are well equipped, no matter what the weather brings.

Tips for Storing Water for Emergencies

How Much Water to Store

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends that everyone in your family have enough water to last at least three days, in case your primary water source is interrupted. A general rule of thumb is that each person should have at least one gallon of water for each day. So half a gallon for drinking, and half a gallon for hygiene.

But keep in mind that these specs are the bare minimum. And a natural disaster – like a hurricane or flash flood – can also lead to widespread water contamination in a given area. As such, while a three-day supply is certainly a good starting point. But the more water you are able to store, the better.


How to Store Water Safely

If you are saving a small amount of water for just yourself, then you can likely use food-grade plastic bottles. But you must always store the bottles in a cool – but not freezing – locale that has no exposure to sunlight. If you go this route, you’ll also want to change your emergency water supply regularly, (roughly every week or so), to ensure the water isn’t affected by contamination or bacteria.

A better route, (especially for two people or more), is to invest in a tank specifically designed for long-term water storage, like Rotoplas’ AquaTech™ tanks. We build our tanks to withstand impacts, block out contaminants and common issues like algae, and to properly store water for months at a time.

Best of all, our liquid storage tanks are available in a wide array of sizes – from 200 gallons to 10,000 gallons and more. So you can keep a large quantity of water for your family’s usage and needs for a long period of time.


Regular Maintenance Tips for Water Storage

If you utilize a solid liquid storage tank, then your long-term maintenance will be minimal. Make sure it’s accessible in case of a flood or other natural disaster. And consider investing in a rainwater harvesting kit to secure your supply while saving money on water bills.

For information about the do’s and don’ts of water storage, check our latest post also!


All it takes is a little planning and an investment in a safe way to store water. This way, you can rest easy knowing that no matter how a natural disaster affects your area, you are well prepared.


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Want to ensure that you are covered in case of an emergency? Read on to uncover what you need to know about creating and storing an emergency water supply.

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