April 17, 2019

Preparedness Challenge - April Week 2

Making a sanitation cleanup kit and studying emergency toilets is the focus of Preparedness Challenge - April Week 2. As we've observed many disasters over the years, it's apparent that keeping your home well-stocked with sanitation supplies is imperative. Germs and bacteria can kill us.



However, that does not mean you have to go overboard. As we pray for inspiration, the thought comes to be vigilant, but not excessive. We see too much "end of the world" prepping these days, and that is NOT how members of the LDS Church approach preparedness. So, with wisdom and prayer, consider what sanitation supplies you want to gather this week or this month.

1. Make a Sanitation Cleanup Kit
When the LDS Church asks volunteers to go to an area for clean up, they typically send supplies in a cleaning kit to assist in the cleanup, and to protect workers from bacteria and germs. 



Everyday disasters also occur in our lives such as the dreaded overflowing toilet or the flooded basement. Consider what items generally work for you and be grateful you have them for a major disaster when running to the store is NOT an option.

You probably have many of these items already and could keep them grouped together on a shelf so you don't have to run all over your home in search of them. Or keep them in a bucket.
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Rubber gloves (2 pairs)
  • Trash bags (25)
  • Cleaning rags (2)
  • Dust masks (not N95)
  • Bar of soap
  • Liquid dish soap
  • General-purpose cleaner
  • Liquid bleach 64 oz.
  • Powdered cleanser 14 oz.
  • Large sponge
  • Safety goggles
  • Long-handled scrub brush
  • Scrub brushes, iron-shaped (2)
  • Spray bottle (1 quart)
*Information from the LDS Emergency Response Supply Order Form

2. Study Emergency Toilets
In many parts of the world, a flushing toilet is never an option. Here in the U.S. we've been very blessed. However, we should be prepared for times when we can't use the toilet. Knowledge is key. 

This article gives a quick overview of how to make your own portable toilet.

Food Storage Moms You Need to Make Your Own Portable Emergency Toilet

Food Storage Moms

I hope you understand that sanitation is super important after a disaster and find ways to become better prepared.

Best wishes on this week's preparedness challenge,

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer

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