Having access to clean water in an emergency for basic needs like drinking, cooking and hygiene is important. Below are tips for storing water in an emergency: Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles. Wash, sanitize and rinse containers before using for storage. Store one gallon of water per person and pet per day in a cool, dark place. Keep at least a three-day supply of water for each person in your household. Check the expiration date and replace this water every six months. If you have space in your refrigerator or freezer, consider filling plastic containers with water, leaving about an inch of space inside each one. (Remember, water expands as it freezes, so it is important to leave room in the container for the expanded water). Place the containers in the refrigerator and freezer. This chilled or frozen water will help keep food cold for several hours if the power goes out. Fill your bathtub with water to use for toilet flushing in case water services are unavailable following the storm. For more information about emergency preparedness visit www.ready.gov.