facebook
twitter
search
search

Water: CDC advises storing 14 days' worth

June 25, 2012 at 11:33 PM

ATLANTA, June 25 (UPI) -- U.S. health officials say a water crisis can happen at any time -- floods, hurricanes, droughts and water main breaks -- so families should keep water on hand.

Dr. Julia Gargano, an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch, said: "Think about how much water you use every day. Now imagine if a water crisis were to happen and you didn't have safe water coming from your pipes."

All households should prepare for water emergencies by storing at least 1 gallon of water per day, for each person, Gargano advised.

"A two-week supply is ideal, but if that's not possible, we recommend that people store at least a three-day supply."

A proper disaster supply kit should include water, food and things like a first-aid kit, whistle to signal for help, and local maps.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Device shown to 'smell' prostate cancer in men in trial
Scientists confirm second, more intense form of Lyme disease
Study: Sending fewer men to prison may slow spread of HIV
Einstein vindicated: Scientists find gravitational waves
Biden gathers forces to end cancer: Can he make a difference?