Water & Food

This is one of the pages that will need to be personalized more than most.


It is recommended that you have at least 1 gallon of water/person/day. That amount should cover drinking, sanitation & cleaning (dishes, etc.). Don’t forget your pets!

There are many ways to store water. Consider how heavy the containers are.

  • If your wrist gets injured in the earthquake, will you be able to easily get the water out of the container?
  • Do you help care for someone with mental or physical disabilities or someone who is elderly? They may not be able to lift heavy containers.

The CDC has two wonderful PDFs on safe drinking water. It is recommended that you print them out ahead of time & keep them with your supplies. The internet will not work after the earthquake happens. Here are the links:

Click to access make-water-safe-H.pdf

Click to access 16_262392-a_drink-safe-water_flyer_eng_508.pdf


This can be as simple as grabbing a bunch of ramen noodles. Of course, that isn’t going to be very nutritious. When you shop, try to buy food with long shelf-lives. Make sure you are paying attention to allergies. Try to have your main food groups (going without the fruits and vegetables can play havoc on your digestive tract in the aftermath of an emergency.)

It is recommended that you find out how many calories your family needs & plan out meals with that in mind (rather than looking at how many servings a product claims to provide).


The other consideration on this page is food preparation. For whatever you buy, make sure you will have a way to cook/eat it. If you use regular dishes, you will need additional water to clean them. Below is a list of items to consider adding to your supplies.

Aluminum Foil
Baby Bottles
Baby Food
Baby Formula
Bottle Brush
Camp Fire Grate
Can Opener
Dish Soap
Lunch Bags
Mess Kits
Paper Bowls
Paper Cups
Paper Plates
Plastic Cling Wrap
Plastic Utensils
Portable Stove
Silicone Sponge
3 Meals/Person/Day