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Quake Tip of the Week

By Larry Guillot
Friday September 22, 2006

How Much Food and Water? 


If you’re someone who wants to be prepared for the major quake in our future, you’ve probably done something about having food and water available for you and your family.  

Here are a few things to keep in mind: 

1. Some disaster preparedness groups recommend having three days worth of food and water (1 gallon per person per day). I agree with the ones that say be ready for a full week (think Katrina). 

2. I’ve never seen an emergency kit (including ours) that has enough food or water. You really need to supplement the kits. 

3. The best plan for water is a 55 gallon barrel with a siphon, which you treat with bleach so it will last at least 5 years.  

4. Have plenty of canned foods, which need to be regularly used and replaced.  

5. Some folks have found a source on-line for MREs (Meals Ready to Eat), similar to the military products. We might add these to our web site in the future. 



Larry Guillot is owner of QuakePrepare, an earthquake consulting, securing, and kit supply service. Call him at 558-3299, or visit www.quakeprepare.com.