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(Edited from: http://www.ready.gov/water)
For emergency water storage, it is recommended to purchase food-grade water storage containers from disaster and emergency preparedness supply stores.
It is best to not re-use storage containers that were use to hold other liquids. There is the leaching of harmful chemicals that can contaminate your water.
If you do decide, however, to re-use storage containers, choose two-liter plastic soft drink bottles — not plastic jugs or cardboard containers that have had milk or fruit juice in them. The reason for that is that milk protein and fruit sugars cannot be adequately removed from these containers and provide an environment for bacterial growth when water is stored in them. Cardboard containers leak easily and are not designed for long-term storage of liquids. Also, do not use glass containers, because they are heavy and may break.
To prepare your own safe containers of water supply follow these 5 steps:
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Community and Family Preparedness Program and American Red Cross Community Disaster Education are nationwide efforts to help people prepare for disasters of all types. You can find information for your specific region on the American Red Cross website.
Contact FEMA at:
P.O. Box 2012
Jessup, MD 20794-2012
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