Emergency Sanitation Kits {FREE HANDOUT}

What causes even more danger than an actual natural disaster? Improper sanitation practices being followed in the aftermath of the emergency situation. The Red Cross has said that sanitation is the biggest problem after a natural disaster. If you have improper sanitation, disease spreads quickly and many will have diarrhea and other illnesses. Cleanliness is vital in emergencies.

We recently asked for people to submit ideas of emergency situations to use for our upcoming 7 Day Challenge (you can still submit ideas and enter for a chance to win one of our binders!). Several of the submissions touched on some basic sanitation issues and we thought this would be a great time to touch on this topic in a little more detail. (YES THAT IS A HINT THAT THIS MAY COME UP IN THE CHALLENGE THIS YEAR!)

One of our readers sent us an awesome sanitation kit handout that we have converted to match the other handouts included in our Food Storage Made Easy Binder so you can print it off, add it to your binder, and have it ready to go in an emergency situation. We highly recommend putting together a kit of this sort as part of your emergency preparedness plans.

We previously posted instructions on how to make an emergency chemical toilet but this new handout contains much more detail.

p.s. We know a lot of our readers are currently experiencing different emergency situations in light of Hurricane Irene. Check back later this week (when hopefully everyone has power back!) as we go over a Natural Disaster Crash Course to remind everyone of the important things they should know in situations like this.


  • Vickie

    You could also make your emergency toilet a composting toilet by using sawdust in the bucket. Sprinkle sawdust on the bottom and then over waste after each use and you will control smell and keep it sanitary. Once full you can dump the contents into a composting pile. You can also put the original lid back on the bucket and wait to dump it later. You could probably even line the bucket with a bag if you really wanted to, and then dump the bag. Folks have homemade composting toilets in their homes as their primary toilets with out sanitary issues. I am doing research on building one to keep in our basement for emergency use. I’ve seen many different styles from a old chair with a bucket underneath to an elaborate oak box with a bucket inside (all have toilet seats). I bet it would also work with just a bucket and snap on toilet seat though.

  • Maryruth

    Once I took a group of kids camping for a week. I used a milk crate with a waste paper basket in it. I double lined it with grocery bags. On top of the crate, I put a toilet seat. You can wire TP beside it. The toilet was only used at night since the kids didn’t want to make a long trip to the porta-johns in the dark. Worked great. I simply emptied in the morning by tying off and dumping in suitable containers. This was in a separate tent that held supplies for the week. We had a way to signal if someone was in there. I did this before I ever heard of prepping or anything.

  • Claudia

    Where do I get Super Sorb for the sanitation kit?

  • Annie

    When my children were little and we needed to carry a potty in the van, I would line the bowl with a plastic bag and sprinkle a little kitty litter in to keep things from splattering. We would carry extra litter in a sealed container. Kinda funny, but it worked. I was wondering if there is any health or safety issues using this method in a pinch vs. the absorbing product described in the handout. Or what about the litter that absorbs liquid like the stuff that is inside diapers? That is pretty easy to obtain at the local store instead of special ordering something? I’m sorry I don’t recall product names, but I’m sure some of you with cats will know what I am talking. Thanks.

  • The sanitation kit contents list does not list “Lime” which is mentioned under Waste Disposal.  Is this slacked lime from the garden/home center? 

  • Millenniumfly

    I’ve been saying this for years! Readers might also be interested in an assortment of medical and sanitation guides here: http://rethinksurvival.com/net-guide/medical-guides/ as well as a variety of related videos here: http://rethinksurvival.com/video-vault/health-first-aid-videos/

  • Bon_32

    There seems to be a problem with the download. I keep getting “File does not begin with %PDF”

    • Cobbsmom

      I get the same message. 

    • There was a problem with the link early but I thought I had fixed it. Could you try refreshing and downloading again? Sorry!

  • Cobbsmom

    Irene passed Virginia a few days ago.  One “duh” moment was realizing that I can have the biggest water filtering system but if I don’t have water to filter, I don’t have water.   Another thing I did this time was check with my homeowner’s insurance company to make sure of the terms of my coverage.  Policies have changed in the 30 years I have owned this house.  There is now a “wind” deductible, meaning that if there is wind damage to my house, I pay a 1-5% deductible based on the value of my house.  Currently my out-of-pocket costs would be $3,000!  I was expecting only $500 which is a normal claim.

    So check with your company or companies to make sure you understand what to expect.  I have regular homeowner’s insurance and a separate flood insurance.  There is a rider that can be purchased for the “wind” insurance which I will check on this week.

    Also check the topography of your home.  I am 10 feet above sea level based on city records.  My house is 1 foot above ground level on cement slab for the kitchen area and 2 feet above ground level based on cinder block for the main part of the house.  Any flooding above 12 feet would mean that I would have water in the house.  Most homes have wires running under the floors, as well as pipes in the crawl spaces.

    All of my neighbors have been wonderful.  Everyone removed all furniture from the porches and stored away.  Cars were parked in the higher section of the block.  Most everyone stayed home but I have friends and co-workers in other areas of my town who left and went west. 

    Other than this, I was more prepared for this storm than for any in the past.