xmlns:og='http://ogp.me/ns#' PrepperCon Radio Episode 36, 06 08 16 Buggin' out and SHTF Sanitation ~ The Prepared Guy

Thursday, June 9, 2016

PrepperCon Radio Episode 36, 06 08 16 Buggin' out and SHTF Sanitation

3 hours without shelter, 3 days without water and 3 weeks without food are usually the primary issues we concentrate on when preparing for an SHTF scenario.  But, another issues that will also kill you just as fast is sickness and disease.  Have you planned and prepared for how you will you'll stay clean and sanitary when there's no electricity or running water?

When I think of sanitation problems the first image that comes to my mind is a photo of people in India or other 3rd world countries bathing in the same water they drink, cook and clean with at the same place where they dispose of garbage.  

What are we going to do when our running water stops and when trash collection ceases due to a natural disaster or other SHTF event?  What are your plans to stay clean and healthy?    

This week we talk about a few issues and ways to prepare for personal sanitation during the worst conditions.  There just isn't enough time during our show to address even a fraction of what you need to know.  I urge you to take time to research the issues and learn about what you can do to prepare.  

One of the biggest mistakes I see in family's emergency preparedness supplies is that they store liquid bleach.  Within about 6 months stored liquid bleach loses much of it effectiveness and then steadily degrades year after year until it essentially becomes a brine solution.  Liquid bleach, chlorine, is an essential item for sanitation and water purification.  For long term storage, rather that purchasing and rotating liquid bleach, store chlorine swimming pool tablets or calcium hypochlorite swimming pool shock in granular form.  These forms of chlorine have a much longer shelf life and can be mixed with water, or vinegar and used for sanitation and purification.

Soap for personal hygiene and laundry is also an important item to stock up on.  To keep it simple I have been stocking up on this multipurpose laundry bar soap and antibacterial bar hand soap.  Keeping clean will require much more water than the minimum of 1 gallon per person per day that you may already have stored.   

Other important things to consider:

Electric water pumps fill water tanks and run sewage pumps.  If you live in an area where gravity operates the sewer system then you'll still be able to use your toilets, if not then don't count on being able to use them.  

What will we do when we run out of toilet paper?  Feminine products?  How will we dispose of these products while we still have them? 

How will we dispose of feces/urine?

How will you brush your teeth after the toothpaste runs out?

Do you have a supply of N95 masks and latex gloves?

What will you do with contaminated clothing?

What are your plans to deal with the garbage?


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