Our second prep challenge in April, is to make an emergency cleaning kit. You may already have some of these supplies in your home storage. As we’ve observed many disasters, it’s apparent that keeping our homes well-stocked with cleaning supplies is imperative. Germs and bacteria can kill us. 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 wisdom and keep our own cleaning supplies on hand for everyday or emergency use.
1. Make an Emergency Cleaning Kit
After a disaster, you or your home could be covered in water, dust or debris and you will need to do some cleaning. Following Hurricane Florence in 2018, cleaning kits like those in this video were sent from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UN3kH8fRfgU
- Make an emergency cleaning kit out of a bucket or cleaning caddy. Keep it stocked with supplies.
- Or keep some of the supplies near each other on a shelf.
- 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)
2. Buy or Make an Emergency Toilet and Shower
- Prepare for times when the water supply is off. After a disaster, a toilet may not be an option for you. Food Storage Moms share several options on making an emergency toilet. Decide what works for you. After reading this article, I now store kitty litter and trash bags under one of our bathroom sinks. www.foodstoragemoms.com/toilets/
- Or buy an emergency toilet.
Decide on how you will wash away debris after a disaster. Here are several options.
- Buy a solar shower bag.
- Make one from a new garden sprayer.
- Make a shower from a plastic jug.
- Read Personal Hygiene and Handwashing After a Disaster or Emergency from the CDC which reminds us that, “Sometimes water that is not safe to drink can be used for bathing, but be careful not to swallow any water or get it in your eyes.” And “avoid contact with flood waters if you have an open wound.” Something to think about.
I hope you decide that cleanliness is important for the safety of your family and begin to gather emergency cleaning and sanitation supplies.
Best wishes and stay healthy!
The Food Storage Organizer