Emergency Sanitation

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Along with water, food, and shelter, sanitation is one of the most critical things to consider in an emergency situation. There are two aspects of sanitation as far as e-prep is concerned.

First is the literal disposal of sewage and waste. We have touched on this subject briefly and you may wish to check out this post on Emergency Sanitation Kits. This post also has a free handout on making your own sanitation kit.

The second component of sanitation involves practicing good hygiene for cleanliness and health reasons. Without taking sanitary measures, diseases such as diarrhea and cholera may occur.

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  • Blakenashley

    Hope you cover more options here soon, we just had a major power outage in the northeast and the water didn’t work…made sanitation something to really be grateful for!

  • Teresa

    I have an excellent handout on emergency sanitation.  I would love to pass it on but it’s too big (2 pages) for a comment!  Let me know how I can send it to you, if you’re interested.

    • Teresa,

      You can email to us at info @ foodstoragemadeeasy.net … Thanks so much!

      • Teresa

        Sweet.  I’m sending it now.  And it was actually only one page, so that’s even better!

  • D McP

    As in the old days, for long term emergencies, a large catalog will store easily and provide many pages of “relief” when Toilet Paper (TP) is expensive, not available or even ruined, thru bulk, during your disaster.  Printed COLOR pages are not absorbable, but good for bulk and scraping.  They are not as biodegradable, but definitely have their place in the Out House. Because they do not absorb, they are less likely to have contaminates, also.    I would recommend  4 catalogs (Big like Sears and JC Penny use to be) per person per 6 month storage minimum.    This sounds rough, but in an emergency you will be glad you had thought of it and it is so much cheaper and easier to store. Seal them in Vacuum sealer bags or zip lock at the very least.  
     Your bathing/washing-up habits will change in such a disaster and should become a real priority in private bodily areas to retard infections.  After washing dishes, hair (not body)  or clothes, keep this water and use it for the (1st) wash and then rinse with clean.  It is best to do this every time you go to the bathroom.  In real long-term emergencies YOUR HEALTH is your #1 asset to STAYING ALIVE.  
    Start collecting recipes of HOW TOs now and print out a booklet of them.  Soap making, basic clothes making, toothpaste making, chair making, tent making, watermill making, Outside cooking,  Edible plants, how to clean the water, basic first aid and herbal first aid… the list goes on and on.    
    A time may come when the internet is no longer available. How would you live without a store to buy from or an internet to quickly tell you how to make something.  I have even downloaded 300 plus ebooks FREE on Amazon on How to’s and just for education of children purposes. 
     Batteries will be harder to come by, but they will be available and learning now how to produce your own is worth it’s weight in gold.  I know my lap top will come with me in an emergency, because all of the information I posses and will need is too much to carry around in book form.  I will take the basics in hard copy, but the rest will depend on batteries.  

    • Clarkrj56

      Wondered how I could pick your brain? I am very (extremely) interested in some of your ideas!  We will be using a Peri bottle to wash off firs then will use flannel squares. We’ve been cutting and serging 8×8 flannel squares… for toileting purposes. We just have to figure out make a bag type container to keep it on our person. The sanitation problems:  a location to rinse it out, not using too much water, keeping hands clean, and privacy of drying it etc is becoming an interesting bit of conversation!

    • Dnews1978

      Another idea for emergency toilet paper is save old phone books!!

  • Waltercoxjr

    the best for sanitation is well in your back yard so you have water to flush toilet

    • Charissa

      If you power is out, your well pump won’t work, so unless you have a generator, hand pump, or well bucket that won’t work either.

      • Lwellyn

        I find that collecting rainwater in 55 Gallon barrels is both easy and inexpensive.  If stored in a elevated location it will serve very well for flushing toilets when no power is available and of course there are many other uses also.

    • Charissa

      If you power is out, your well pump won’t work, so unless you have a generator, hand pump, or well bucket that won’t work either.

  • Elwin

    Your non food link is an error 404 on the page.

  • Karen

    This is something most people do not think about. After Hurricane Katrina, we were not allowed to flush the toilets. With the sewage system down, this information is very important to keep in your emergency supplies. The only thing I missed was my indoor plumbing, I do not take it for granted anymore.

  • Karen

    This is something most people do not think about. After Hurricane Katrina, we were not allowed to flush the toilets. With the sewage system down, this information is very important to keep in your emergency supplies. The only thing I missed was my indoor plumbing, I do not take it for granted anymore.

    • Melly 13tin

      well wouldn’t it make more sense to stock up on baby wipes for sanitaion purposes…since they have a multitude of other cleaning uses…plus they are less expensive then TP & last a whole lot longer also…this is what we have bulked up on for our prepping

      • LovesJesus

        what expensive TP are you buying or where do you get cheap deals on baby wipes? I would love some cheap wipes.

    • Melly 13tin

      that was just a post for all in general…not directed at Karen lol

  • There are two aspects of sanitation as far as e-prep is concerned.

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