"Hurricane water" is not the Gulf of Mexico. Although, of course, in my case it usually came from there in the form of a hurricane.
No, "hurricane water" is the bottled water that you run to the grocery store to buy to tide you over for the three or more days that you might not have clean water from your tap.
In preparation for hurricanes, we would buy canned tuna, bread, peanut butter and things that could be opened with a can opener and didn't have to be cooked. Along with that I always bought "hurricane water".
After living through three weeks in August 1983 - that would be August 18th - without electricity, one learns WHAT is important in such a situation. Believe me, water is #1. Add ice to that also, if it was possible to get.
Of course in preparation, we also filled bathtubs and jugs with water to flush toilets and for sponge bathing.
When I left Houston to move to Mexico, after having saved at least 10 large plastic bottles of water in the garage each time I moved, my daughter said, "Mom, its time to give up the hurricane water".
I truly am glad, at this point, that I never have to evacuate again, worry about evacuating or save "hurricane water". My heart and thoughts go out to all my friends in the Gulf Coast area who are in the "waiting mode" to see if they evacuate or stay in place.
Hopefully, this too shall pass.