mergency! Sanitation in an Emergency!

What will you do if your sewer line is broken?
How are you going to keep disease from spreading? Mostly what’s needed are regular household cleaning supplies – just be sure to have lots on hand!

Toilet Emergency Toilet
Home toilets may be unusable & going in the bushes quickly promotes diseases. A simple solution is a 5 or 6 gal. plastic bucket lined with a plastic bag with a snap on toilet seat. Then transport the waste to a central dumping hole or station. For One Toilet you Need: 1. Bucket - There are many styles of “Porta Pottys” that
can be purchased at emergency & camping stores and in large stores with a camping section (Luggable Loo bucket & seat lid -$15), or you can purchase the Lid only!

7. Privacy curtain - shower curtain or tarp & a rope 8. Disinfectant – for cleaning off the toilet seat lid! All the items can be Stored in the Bucket!! A key to disease control is to keep the lid on tight when not in use!! DISPOSAL: Using rubber gloves, carefully remove the bag,
minimize the air content, and tie it securely for disposal. The bag can be stored in a covered & lined Trash Can until disposal service is resumed. An alternative way to dispose of the bag is to bury it in a remotely located hole, 50 ft. from water source, 3 feet deep. The same hole can be used for several bags. Cover hole when not in use and burry 12” from top with earth.

Plastic Bags – 30 to 50 heavy duty bags, (10-15 gal.) 3. TP – can remove center cardboard & wrap in plastic to keep dry & pack more in bucket 4. Hand Sanitizer or wet wipes – for clean up 5. Kitty litter – 1 bottle, sprinkle small amount to help with smell, or Sawdust – fill with 3” of sawdust after each

use to reduce orders, absorb and help with decomposition

6. Rubber Gloves – 2 pair, use as you dispose of the bag & clean off the lid with disinfectant!

After each use pour in a disinfectant & close tightly!

Sanitation Sanitation Supplies to have on Hand
Store Plenty Of: • Disinfectant: Lysol, Pinesol, Mr. Clean, 409 etc. – use what you like • Soap – Liquid hand cleaner (bars spread disease), dish, Laundry • Rubber Gloves - for those nasty jobs, at least 4 pair • Spray Bottles – use for disinfectants • Rags – old t-shirts, sponges, rags, old towels or sheets • Variety of Cleaning Supplies: What supplies do you clean with?
This is what you should store - you know how to use them! Stock up!! DISINFECTANT OPTIONS: There are many. Bleach, use ¼ cup bleach to 1 quart water. Other commercial disinfectants include HTH, or calcium hypochlorite, which is available at swimming pool supply stores, also portable toilet chemicals are available through recreational vehicle supply stores. Baking Soda: will help to control odor; it stops mold, fungus or mildew and is a natural whitener. 3% Hydrogen Peroxide (put in spray bottle, no water added) is an antiseptic and a cleaning agent for minor cuts and abrasions. To disinfect toilet seat, just spray it on and wipe off. White Distilled Vinegar: (put in a small spray bottle, no water added) it kills bacteria, mold and germs. To disinfect toilet seat, just spray it on and wipe it off.

Bucket – to carry around supplies

Don’t Forget!
• • • • • • Tampons – take a month & count how many you use (keep a marker by the box and mark each time) store 3 mon. supply Feminine Pads – take a month & count how many you use store a 3month supply (at least) Disposable Diapers & Wipes - (for your babies) Baby Wipes – make a great “shower in a box” Paper plates & utensils & cups - (saves lots of water) Plastic Grocery Bags & Garbage Bags •

Get Organized!
Use Plastic Buckets or Containers to store all your
sanitation supplies - Store Feminine Hygiene in one bucket, diapers in another bucket – etc. Now stack in the garage

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Label Buckets Clearly! Get free buckets from your grocer bakery or larger
Costco/Sam’s club, they give frosting & sour cream buckets

Use a Garage ceiling hanger/shelf to store all your sanitation buckets on!

Tips for Staying Clean in an Emergency

mosquitoes, Flies, mosquitoes, bugs, rodents & disease will become your constant companions unless you keep your body, home, and especially food areas extra clean.

As much as possible, continue regular hygiene habits such as brushing your teeth, washing your face, combing your hair and even washing your body with a wet wipe or wet cloth. This will help prevent the spread of disease and irritation as well as help relieve stress! Keep hands & fingers out of your mouth & wash your hands often, especially before eating! Keep your clothing as clean and dry as possible, especially under-clothing and socks

Prepare only as much food as will be eaten at each meal. Avoid handling foods with your hands. Keep food preparation surfaces sparkling clean! Be sure that food scraps are securely sealed in plastic bags and stored in large garbage cans where animals can not get to them (metal cans work best!) Sterilize your eating utensils by heat. You can also rinse dishes in purified water that has additional chlorine bleach added to it. (2 ½ tsp. bleach added to 1 gallon of purified water). Purify your drinking water. Use chlorine bleach, purification tablets (check bottle for exp. dates), or boiling water for 10 min.

Control Rodents and Insects by keeping your living area clean of debris, garbage, and body wastes. Repair holes to keep out rodents and use household insecticides in small enclosed areas. Do not use bushes & holes around the home for bathroom facilities, flies, rats etc. will quickly start to collect!

Cinderella’ understood Cinderella’s stepsisters and stepmother were lucky she understood home☺ the importance of sanitation in the home☺.