ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) reminds consumers of the benefits of bottled water during challenging times, such as natural disasters or other cases of emergency, when tap water may be unsafe or unavailable, according to a press release.

The release reported that the bottled water industry is committed to staying at the forefront of relief efforts during emergencies or natural disasters, referencing the bottled water provided to the citizens of Toledo, Ohio, when the public water system was contaminated with a toxin from an algae bloom in Lake Erie, in addition to the 2013 chemical spill in Charleston W. Va., numerous floods, wild fires, hurricanes and earthquakes.

“These events serve as stark reminders for people to take a moment to re-assess their risks and update emergency plans,” said IBWA President and CEO Joe Doss. “While catastrophic situations are thankfully rare, boil alerts and other types of public water system disruptions are frequent occurrences across the country. In addition, continued volatility in weather across the nation only reinforces the importance of always being prepared for unexpected and dangerous weather.”

Smart planning and preparation for water needs can make a difference in the ability to get through and recover from emergency situations, continues the release, and FEMA recommends bottled water should be a part of emergency supplies, with enough water for three days and one gallon per person.

You can find the entire release here.