Disaster Preparedness

Be Prepared! Be Two Weeks Ready - here's how:

Preparedness is everyone's job. Businesses, schools, government and every individual should plan ahead for disaster. During the first few hours or days following a disaster, essential services may not be available. People must be ready to act on their own for at least two weeks. Be Prepared. Build Kits. Help Each Other. Download the State Emergency Management's new brochure and add the emergency information card . For more tips, visit www.mil.wa.gov/preparedness #

Start your emergency prep with water.*

People can survive for weeks without food, but only a few days without water. This makes water the key ingredient to start your preparedness efforts.

You need enough water to last you 14 days.

That's how long it could take for help to arrive to our Puget Sound region after the major earthquake that experts predict is likely to knock out water and other important systems for several months or more.

Your goal is to get one gallon of water per person per day.

That amount assumes you will use about half a gallon for drinking and another half-gallon to meet sanitation and food preparation needs. You should include more water in your kit if your family has people with special needs (e.g. pregnant women or infants) or if you have pets.

Store what you can, where you can.

You have options! You can purchase bottled water or use your own sanitized containers to store your emergency water supply. Your home's water heater may also be an option. Be sure to have the things that you will need to treat additional water. It is better to have some water than none, so think creatively about how you can best use the space you do have to store water and items to treat water.

Help spread the word. We are all in this together.

Most people know they need to add water to their emergency kit, but many said that they do not have emergency water supplies in their home. Help change this by talking to your friends and family about preparedness and by sharing pictures of your water supply on social media and tagging it with #14Gallons.

Other Resources

Here are some handy tips for water storage:

How to Get Water from your Water Heater


How to Store Your Emergency Supply of Water


Items needed to treat water four common ways in an emergency



How do I do an emergency Shut-off regionalh2o.org


Turning Your Water Off at the Street In an emergency, it is also possible to turn your water off at the street. Contact your water provider for information.