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Basic Sanitation In Emergencies

If the power or water is shut off in an emergency we have our 72 hour kits and emergency supplies all ready to go, right?

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What about sanitation?

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Are you planning your emergency bathroom situation while you are putting together  your preparedness plans?

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All that food and water will need somewhere to exit. Let’s make sure all that planning doesn’t go down the toilet so to speak if you have left out this vital emergency strategy. Waste disposal systems and supply items should be in your list of equipment.

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Toilet with flush water tank

Toilet with flush water tank (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For The Shelter At Home Toilet

An in house toilet will need water so it can flush solid materials so stock extra gallons specifically for this task. This water need not be sterilized. Water right out of the tap previously set aside for use in the toilet area is fine. I would recommend you mark these jugs for toilet use ONLY on the container. I have saved sports drink bottles for just this purpose. They are stacked in a closet near my bath area.

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For A Bug Out Toilet

Shovel types

Shovel types (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you are in a bug out situation you may fashion a similar toilet area somewhere outside your living arrangement area.

The supplies for this are fairly simple. You need a shovel to dig a hole deep enough to hold waste. Make sure you have lime for the deposits that are left behind and a privacy screen so that you can do your duty without everyone in your camp seeing you at work.

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Chemical Toilets

The items for a  chemical toilet should also be on your list of emergency goods. It is a 5 gallon bucket and a trash bag with some bleach. This is a great way to have ready-made toilet in emergencies. A gallon of water with 2 cups of bleach I believe is a standard mix. I would recommend setting aside about 2 gallons of bleach, one box or more of heavy-duty trash bags, and at least 10 gallons or more water for this sanitizing method. If you live in an area that is prone to major natural disasters, the more supply you have — the better!

There are ready-made kits available and it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have a couple of different options.

I realize you can’t carry all of this stuff with you but here is a bit of advice. Make sure you have several packs ready to go that contain ONLY sanitation systems and in specific bags. Put a pack together that is just for a latrine. Create another that is just chemical toilet. In the event you do have to bug out you don’t have to dig through your gear to set this up quickly. You will need to set up this area immediately when you can get settled.

Related pages /articles:

How to create an emergency toilet

 

(More soon! I’m on a crappy schedule at the moment and that’s what inspired this little post! — Thanks for the visit!)

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Season’s Greeting’s!

Celtic Woman Sing Oh Holy Night was in a link on my Facebook feed earlier tonight and I felt moved to share it with you here.

The Celtic Woman group is a very talented group of young ladies and this piece of music is one of my favorites.

In the coming year I hope to expand on how music can help us in preparedness.

I thought this would be a wonderful way to share the Holiday Spirit with followers here and anyone who drops by Survival Recovery.

I hope this night finds you healthy, warm, and safe! We should remember those that are not so in our prayers and meditations!

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Spam Talk On Survival Recovery

Spam or spam – Observations on Survival Recovery

Spam

Spam (Photo credit: kellinahandbasket)

Spam the meat product by Hormel is a staple item in a long term food storage plan.

Talking about Spam on Survival Recovery seemed appropriate today because of it’s unique status. It’s content is a wonderful contribution to emergency preparedness as part of the protein food group.

It is a meat product that can keep for years if stored in cool temperatures. Using it is easy. Simply remove the can opener key and insert into the can tab on the side. Turn the key until the tab strip has completely opened this little rectangular can and you slide the contents out. (Older cans had this feature)

Dice it up into small squares for adding to dishes or fry with scrambled eggs or seasoned rice. It can make a good sliced meat addition to a survival meal. Just warm it up in a frying pan. It can also be eaten right out of the can. Many islander residents use it in traditional ethnic recipes. It is a necessary source of protein in their culture because of the lack of grazing area for cattle and other meat source animals. That and it’s a really handy item to have in the pantry.

English: Two small cans of Spam. One is closed...

English: Two small cans of Spam. One is closed and the other open and sliced. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My addition of Spam is also relevant to some of the commentary we are receiving here on Survival Recovery. Post a link that is NOT a related subject and you will not be approved. Where the wonderful food product Spam, gets stored, saved, and eaten your spam gleeful gets tossed in the trash bin!

Interaction brings good results and a posting on our comments board. Quality links will be posted!

To be approved:

  • First – good grammar.
  • Second – GOOD CONTENT!
  • Third: Quality Site Links

Sharing information is important in preparedness and there are many, many great sources to be had.

Like the canned meat Spam, your spam may sit on the shelf collecting dust never to see the light of day. If it is beyond the use by date it will go into the trash.

Just a thought… 😉

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