September 01, 2019

National Preparedness Month, is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning now and throughout the year. The 2019 theme is "Prepared, Not Scared."

At Loudoun Water, our staff regularly review emergency protocols and train for unexpected events. Residents are also encouraged to prepare for severe weather and emergencies that can occur at any time. National Preparedness Month is a great time to review your emergency plan with your family and to take water-related preparations in the event of an emergency. Access to water is an essential element to survival and a necessary item in an emergency supplies kit. Knowing how much water you need, how to properly store it, and how to take care of your home's main water valve is critical information. 

Storing your emergency water supplies  

  • Store at least one gallon of water per person and animal per day for drinking and sanitation. Have enough for a minimum three-day supply. Try to store a 2-week supply, if possible. You should consider storing more water than this for hot climates, for pregnant women and for persons who are sick.

  • Store water in a cool, dark place in your home, office or car. Observe the expiration date for store-bought water. Replace non-store bought water every 6 months.
  • Use of food-grade water storage containers, such as those found at surplus or camping-supply stores, is recommended if you prepare stored water yourself.

  • Do not reuse containers that have ever held a toxic substance. Also, do not use containers that can break, like glass or those without a tight seal. Plastic milk bottles or waxy cartons can be difficult to clean and can break down over time.

  • For more information on safe water after a natural disaster, visit the CDC's website.

Visit to complete your preparedness plan for your household.

Download the free Ready Virginia app at Get location-specific weather watches and warnings, disaster news from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), a customizable family emergency plan, a checklist of emergency supplies, and links to register for local emergency alerts.

Download the free Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) app at Receive real-time alerts from the National Weather Service, learn about emergency safety tips and locate open emergency shelters in your area.