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The Emergency Preparedness
Tip o'da Week

Emergency Water Supply and Storage

The material presented on this page is intended to start you thinking about what you can do today that might someday save your life. If nothing else, our "Tip o' da Week" might just make your life a bit easier when a disaster strikes. We do not present topics that cost a lot of money (like structure reinforcement.) These are "do it yourself" projects and are relatively inexpensive.


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Tips for Emergency Water Supply and Storage
By Terri Steffensen

This tip came from Terri Steffensen, Author of the Emergency Planning Manual and Workbook.

Concerns about water supply and storage top the list of questions I am most frequently asked.  To help motivate people who have not yet begun planning for a emergency, I usually suggest two easy starting points:  place a pair of shoes under the bed (so that you don't shred your feet on broken glass), and please store water.

Water: The Essential Nutrient

From a strictly survival point of view, water is the most important element for your body's survival.  A person can lose all reserve carbohydrate and fat, and about half the body's protein without being in real danger.  A loss of only 10 percent to 22 percent body weight as water is fatal.

The amount of water lost from the body through urine, water vapor from the lungs, and through perspiration averages 2.5 liters per day.  Water loss must be made up by fluids consumed, and by the water produced in the body as a result of metabolic processes.

The effects of dehydration on the body are dramatic.  They range from thirst to stronger thirst, sleepiness, apathy, nausea, emotional instability, labored breathing and dizziness, delirium--and finally death.  Infants, children, the elderly or physically ill persons are particularly susceptible to dehydration.

FAQ's About An Emergency Water Supply

  1. "We live near a stream that runs year round.  In the event of an emergency could we take drinking water from the stream?"
  2. "How much water should I store?"
  3. "How long can water be stored before it should be rotated?"
  4. "Some of the water I have stored tastes flat, what should I do?"
  5. "How can the shelf life of water be increased?"

NOTE:  I have stored our water (mostly in four-liter milk jugs) in two different home locations, in case we are unable to access one stash.  Approximately half is stored in the basement, while the other half is stored in our upstairs chest freezer.  These frozen jugs of water help to improve the efficiency of our half empty freezer, and in the event of a power outage will help to protect the food from thawing.  After an earthquake, the jugs can be used in a freezer to provide us with an icebox. (Also see the TOW episode on the garage refrigerator)

Additional Water Sources

In addition to your stored water, there are a number of other possible sources of water in your home:

Purifying Water


A note from the TheEpicenter.com: Terri's Emergency Planning Manual and Workbook is written with a hands-on approach to earthquake preparedness. The Emergency Planning Manual and Workbook is now unfortunately out of print.

The book features a series of easy-to-read and use checklists, work pages, and suggested plans of action.  With foreword by Ross Peterson, coordinator of the North and West Vancouver Emergency Program, this manual/workbook stresses not only quake proofing the home, but coordinating family survival plans with the workplace, school, neighborhood, and car travel.

Five sections provide quick reference to emergency information.  Each page has wide margins and headers for additional work space.  First aid kits, school plans, Go Bags, infant supplies, emotional preparedness and emergency food storage are just a few of the topics discussed.

If you have ever felt intimidated by the stack of pamphlets handed out at preparedness seminars, this book is for you!  Nice job Terri!


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