Food Storage Do-Over Week 14: Sanitation/First Aid

First Aid, Food Storage Do-Over 2015, Sanitation
We are excited to be starting week 14 of our Food Storage Do-Over 2015! If you didn't catch last week's post which talked about non-food items you can see it here. Remember this is a 17 week process that we will be going through together. If you want to join in with the group on Facebook click here. If you'd like to receive email notifications of each week's do-over assignment you can join our mailing list here. Or you can always post in the blog comments with your progress as well! It is so much more fun and motivating doing it as a group so find a way to connect! Emergency preparedness is a very broad topic. This week we are going to be working on evaluating our sanitation and…
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What We Learned About Emergency SANITATION

What We Learned About Emergency SANITATION

7 Day Challenge, Sanitation
This post is part of our 7 Day Challenge RECAP series we promised you last week. Once a week we will be going more in depth on one of the days of the challenge to highlight our learnings, favorite comments from participants, and giving additional information where necessary. What We Learned In past years' challenges we have practiced full days with no water. It definitely takes a lot more water to cook, clean dishes, wash yourself, etc. then you would think. The 1 gallon per person per day is NOT enough for proper hygiene. This year we wanted to focus on the sanitation aspect of things because last year we wasted TONS of water flushing our precious stored water. We knew there had to be a better way. This year…
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Emergency Sanitation Kits {FREE HANDOUT}

Emergency Sanitation Kits {FREE HANDOUT}

Sanitation
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…
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Beyond the BabySteps: Emergency Chemical Toilet

Beyond the Babysteps, Sanitation
Sanitation can be one of the biggest concerns in a long-term emergency situation. Lack of proper waste disposal can lead to the spread of sickness and disease. Having an emergency chemical toilet can help with this whether you are sheltering in place or if you need grab it and evacuate. Here is a little tutorial we got from a church hand-out several years ago. Emergency Chemical Toilet Contents 5 gallon plastic bucket (with tight fitting lid) 2 large boxes of garbage can liners (8-10 gallon size) 1 gallon of liquid chlorine bleach Pinesol 6-8 rolls of toilet paper Feminine hygiene products 2 boxes of baking soda Paper towels Wet wipes 1 bar of hand soap Emergency Chemical Toilet Instructions To use the toilet, simply remove the contents from the bucket,…
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