Category «Sanitation»

Poor sanitation can threaten your health and life when disaster strikes. Learn proper techniques to keep your family safe from the spread of disease by practicing good sanitation.

Prepping for Basic Emergency Sanitation

Proper sanitation during a disaster is a critical component of preparedness. Frequently, there are more deaths following a disaster due to poor sanitation, than lives lost in the initial event. The earthquake in Haiti is a classic example as it was followed by a horrific cholera outbreak which killed thousands of people and hospitalized hundreds …

Washday, Twist a Knob and Push a Button – Kathleen Kay

Woman washing clothes on board

Our friend, Kathy Kay, relives the days before electricity when washing clothes was an all day chore. I greatly appreciate the age old wisdom. “Have you ever sung the jingle: This is the way we wash the clothes, wash the clothes, wash the clothes. This is the way we wash the clothes so early Monday …

Emergency Sanitation for Our Little Loved Ones

Are you ready for an emergency without running water with your little ones? Adults can get by with less water for hygiene purposes, but not so with babies and toddlers. Our youngest friends have unique requirements when it comes to emergency sanitation. How do you prepare to survive a disaster with your baby or toddler? …

Crisis Laundry Management

Some days feel like crisis laundry management even without a big emergency. Every time our family experiences the flu or returns from a camping trip, my appreciation for a working washing machine is renewed. What would you do if you did not have enough water to use your washing machine? What if water was available, …

Controlling Odors During an Extended Crisis

Stinky armpit - copyright Your Family Ark LLC

Our family loves to go camping. I don’t mind the dirt, cold, lack of hot water, or even the bugs. However, I absolutely hate the outhouse! The concept is okay, but the smell is nauseating. The campground uses chemicals and empties it periodically. It still stinks! We have to pack out all of our garbage …

Body Care and Disposal

In some disasters, especially in the aftermath of natural disasters, there may be bodies that require appropriate disposal. Every consideration should be given to the families and loved ones of the deceased. Bodies should be cared for with reverence and respect. Exposure to dead bodies does not usually present a serious health hazard. Whenever possible, …