September is traditionally when national preparedness is recognized. This year’s theme, Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can. has been vividly reinforced by twin hurricane disasters in Texas and Florida. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) continue to encourage all Americans to learn how to prepare properly for a crisis. Stocking an emergency preparedness kit with bottled water can make a huge difference during a natural disaster or emergency. When preparing for such an event, FEMA specifically recommends that store-bought water be part of supplies. Storing bottled water is a safe, convenient way to ensure the availability of an adequate supply of potable water.