Emergency Preparedness


Water is an essential resource for survival and a necessary part of an emergency supplies kit. Following a disaster, clean drinking water may not be available. Prepare yourself by building a supply of water that will meet you family's needs during an emergency. 

Stay Informed

  • Stay informed and prepared by visiting vcemergency.com 
  • Ventura Residents can receive emergency messages through VC Alert

Water Emergency Kit 

  • Heat source such as a camping stove
  • A clean pot
  • Measuring spoons/clean medicine dropper
  • Sealed bottle of regular, unscented liquid bleach, with no additives (replace every 6 months)
  • Camping water filters

Make a Plan 

  • Protect the water sources already in your home from contamination by locating and closing service valve
  • Never ration drinking water unless ordered to do so by authorities
  • Other forms of pure emergency water sources include: liquid from canned goods, melted ice cubes, water from hot water tanks (turn off gas/electricity prior to draining), rain water (collect and purify), toilet tank water.

Store Water

  • Store enough tap water or bottled water to last three to seven days
  • 1 to 2 gallons per person
  • Store tap water in clean, airtight food grade plastic containers and keep in a dark, cool place
  • label containers with the date it was stored and replenish water every 6 months

Emergency Disinfection of Drinking Water

  • Boil: Bring water to a rolling boil for at least one minute
  • Bleach: If you can't boil water, use regular unscented chlorine bleach products that are suitable for disinfection and sanitation as indicated on the label

Disinfection Table


When heavy rain is expected, the City of Ventura temporarily provides sand and sandbags at: 

  • City of Ventura Maintenance Yard (parking lot), 336 Sanjon Road Ventura, CA 93002