Preparedness Challenge: April Week 2

The preparedness challenge of April Week 2 is to make a sanitation cleanup kit and gather emergency toilet supplies. 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. If you can’t gather all the sanitation supplies, start with a bucket and a list so you can add a few items each week as you grocery shop.

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 which sanitation supplies you want to gather this month.
1. Make a Sanitation Cleanup Kit
When leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints send volunteers to help after a disaster, cleaning kits are typically sent. We can learn from this and make our own kit.
Everyday disasters occur in our lives as well such as the dreaded overflowing toilet or the flooded basement. Gather some of the items below 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 not an option. Though many of us have toilets, we should be prepared for times when the water supply is off. Knowledge is key. This article from Food Storage Moms shares several options of how to make an emergency toilet. Look it over and decide what would work for you. I store kitty litter and trash bags under one of our bathroom sinks.

Food Storage Moms

I hope you decide that sanitation is important for your family and begin to gather some supplies.

Best wishes and stay healthy!

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer

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And check out The Keep It Simple Preparedness Guide here. This guide will help you gather food storage and emergency supplies each month.

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