One of the easiest yet most essential steps you can take to prepare for an earthquake or other disaster is to set aside an emergency water supply. Every household should keep at least a 72-hour (three-day) emergency supply of water handy. Store one gallon per person per day, or a total of three gallons per person, for a 72-hour period. Store extra water for pets and family members with special needs.
Tap water from MMWD can be safely stored in well-sanitized, food-grade containers such as plastic soda bottles. Avoid used milk jugs and containers that will decompose or break. Seal tightly, then label and store in an easily accessible, dark, cool, dry area away from solvents and chemicals. Replace every six months. Don’t forget your other emergency supplies (find a list at ready.gov).
See our emergency preparedness brochure for additional steps you can take to be water-ready in an emergency.