The Earthquake Country Alliance reminds us to store 1 gallon of water per person per day, to last 2 weeks. That’s 14 gallons of water per person.
— ECA (@ECA) January 28, 2015
Fourteen gallons of water weights 112 pounds. You’re not going to be carrying that on your back. Even if you use two 7-gallon containers – like these from REI, $18 apiece – each weighs 56 pounds, still a hefty load.
This is a good reason to store at least part of your water stash in your car. I have 7 gallons (more like 5 in practice) in the car and another 7 gallons in the garage. If the house comes off its foundation and I can’t get in the garage, I can still drink for a few days.
I nominate for the first rule of emergency preparedness: “Store more water!”