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People preparing for the possibility of a COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak in their community and a potential quarantine should keep a two-week supply of food and water in their home.

If your family normally drinks bottled water, you should store adequate supplies at home. Avoiding crowded areas, such as grocery stores, is a sound preventative practice during a community outbreak.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends storing at least 1 gallon of water per day for each person and pet in your home. A person who is generally active needs to drink at least 2 quarts of water each day. Hot environments and intense physical activity can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers, and people who are ill need to drink even more. Store water in plastic containers, such as large soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break.

The supply of drinking water from municipal water supplies and home wells is unlikely to be affected during an outbreak. However, if this should occur, local water authorities would issue a drinking water advisory. The CDC offers more information here on making water safe to drink during an emergency.

For the latest information on COVID-19 and best practices for avoiding contamination during a potential community outbreak, visit the CDC’s coronavirus disease 2019 website.

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