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Start your emergency kit with the right container. Look for water- and air-tight containers like heavy-duty plastic tubs with latching lids. Store smaller items inside in air-tight plastic storage bags. Make sure your storage box is easy to access and clearly marked so it's you can find it in a power outage.
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Store unopened bottled drinking water in a cool, dark place next to your emergency kit. Calculate 1 gallon per adult per day. If you know a severe storm is on its way, it's a good idea to plug and fill a bathtub with water to use for hygiene and sanitation in addition to your stored drinking water.
Plus: Storm Survival Guide