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How should I store water for emergencies?

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To store water for emergencies, simply put potable water in clean containers like thoroughly washed plastic milk jugs. Clean water stored in clean containers with tightly fitted lids will keep indefinitely. Check containers periodically for cloudiness or leakage. A good way to store emergency water is to put the containers in a freezer when you don't have a full load of frozen food. If the power is interrupted, the frozen jugs of water will help maintain the frozen food. A full freezer will maintain temperature longer than a partially full freezer in times of power outage.

PREPARED BY: Angela M. Fraser, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Food Safety Specialist, and Carolyn J. Lackey, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., Professor/Food and Nutrition Specialist, North Carolina State University (August 2004)

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