In the wake of recent hurricanes and other weather-related emergencies that have affected the United States, and in preparation for Hurricane Ivan, whose projected path includes the Florida Keys and the Gulf Coast, the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) reminds consumers that bottled water is an excellent choice for emergency preparedness.
IBWA also notes that bottled water companies have responded to drinking and personal water needs in Florida by providing thousands of gallons of bottled water to residents in need.
Both the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the American Red Cross recommend that households store at least one gallon of water per person per day for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene and to store enough for
Bottled water is an exceptional choice for emergency preparedness, as it is highly regulated by stringent federal and state regulations and industry standards that help ensure its consistent safety and quality. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which comprehensively regulates bottled water, has not established a shelf life for bottled water.
IBWA advises consumers to store bottled water in properly-sealed containers at room temperature (or cooler), out of direct sunlight and away from solvents and chemicals such as gasoline, paint thinner, household cleaners and dry cleaning chemicals.
"Consumers should treat storage and handling of bottled water with the same care and respect as other packaged foods and beverages," said Stephen R. Kay, vice president of communications for IBWA.