Emergency Food and Water Supplies

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Water is the most important part of any emergency supplies kit. You can exist on very little food for a long time, but after a short time without adequate water, your body will not be able to function. Most people need about 2 L (2 qt) per day. Including the water needed for hygiene and cooking as well as drinking, a reasonable guideline is to store 4 L (1 gal) of water per person per day. So, a family of 4 who wanted to keep a 1-week supply of water on hand would need to store 112 litres (4 litres per day per person, times 4 people, times 7 days). A 3-day supply for 4 people would be 48 litres.

 

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