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Should I ration water during a disaster?

Don't ration water, even if supplies run low. Drink the amount you need today and look for more tomorrow. Don't risk dehydration. Plan to  drink at least two quarts of water a day. If you are in a hot climate, pregnant or sick drink three to four quarts a day. Children should also drink that much.

Only drink water that is safe. Remember that untreated water can make you very sick. It may contain toxic chemicals, heavy metals and germs that cause diseases like dysentery, typhoid and hepatitis. Never drink flood water.

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