Urban Survival – The Importance of Safe Water in an Urban Survival Situation

When preparing your household for a disaster nothing is more important than assuring an adequate supply of clean water.

In our day to day existence, fresh water is so abundant and inexpensive that we tend to overlook its true importance in our lives.

The rule of three says that we can survive

Our bodies are made up of between 60 and 75 percent water. We must have water to survive.

Some natural disasters are slow to develop. Hurricanes, floods and winter emergencies usually give us enough time to set aside a supply of fresh water. Storing bottled water is your best bet, but do not wait until the last minute to buy it. When a disaster looms, water and toilet paper are two items that disappear from store shelves first.

If you have your own well, remember that hurricanes and floods can contaminate your water supply and cut off the electricity needed to bring water to your home. A severe winter emergency can freeze water pipes. If you are on a municipal water supply, tornadoes and earthquakes can disrupt water service, or make the quality suspect.

As a rule, figure on three gallons per day, per person. People who are ill, or injured, will require more water than healthy people.

Following a disaster we must be prepared to survive on our own for at least 72 hours. A family of four will need to set aside at least 36 gallons of water.

Even commercially bottled water becomes suspect over time. It should be stored in a cool, dark place. A basement is an ideal storage space.

Here are a few tips to assure a supply of water during an emergency.