- Cooking Basic Food Storage
- Cooking Without Power
- Food Storage
- Fuel Storage
- Home Production
- Risk Evaluation
- Staying Warm Without Power
The leading cause of illness and death in both natural and man made disasters is inadequate sanitation, poor hygiene practice, and contaminated and insufficient water supplies. Sanitation includes human waste, bodies, solid waste (trash, scraps, etc.), and liquid waste (produced by cooking and washing, etc.). Untreated raw sewage can pollute fresh ground water supplies, attract flies, and promote the spread of disease. It may not be fun to think about, but it is vitally important to your family's survival.
In a disaster, water and sewer lines may be damaged. Sewer treatment plants may become inoperable and you may be prohibited from flushing toilets or using drains even if you still have water. Be prepared to function for a week or more without using a traditional toilet. Even if you have a septic tank, develop a backup plan in case it is damaged or you are required to evacuate. Our faithful garbage men may not be available for weeks. Be prepared to store garbage appropriately.
Remember that when a crisis occurs normal routines are disrupted. Fear, anxiety, illness, and changes in diet may adversely impact normal bodily functions. Prepare for sick family members who may be vomiting and suffering with diarrhea. Store extra supplies to maintain cleanliness and personal hygiene.
Evaluate the sanitation needs of your family. Explore the the various options available. Thoughtfully consider the number, ages, special needs, and unique circumstances of your family. Create a plan. Gather the necessary supplies and check them periodically to ensure they are ready when you need them.