Being in an emergency situation can be very difficult to endure. Especially when it affects you for a long period of time. We’ve seen the devastation hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and other natural disasters can bring to entire towns and cities of people.
The best way to be prepared for the unknown is to have a plan in place for if and when a disaster occurs. Having supplies on hand and ready is critical. In addition to first aid, food and clothing, you should also consider a sanitation kit as part of your emergency preparedness supplies. Here’s why:
Stay Clean & Healthy
You’ll want items on hand that keep you clean and healthy, especially during these times. When the conditions around you are unsanitary, there is a greater likelihood for disease to spread and further complicate the already troublesome situation you are facing. The best defense is personal hygiene. Wash your hands as often as you can. If running water is scarce using moist towellettes or hand sanitizer is better than forgoing keeping clean altogether.
You’ll Need a Toilet
One thing you may not think about as you’re packing emergency supplies is the fact that in some emergency situations, you might not have access to a toilet. A basic human need we’ve become so used to having privacy to do, suddenly becomes a huge issue. Not just because there is lack of privacy or something to sit sensibly on for it, but because human waste contains bacteria and easily spreads diseases. The best bet is to have a portable toilet option ready as part of your sanitation kit along with replacement bags and clean towellettes to make the process less unsettling and increase the chances people will use it versus other potentially unsanitary ways of relieving themselves.
SoCal First Aid®
SoCal First Aid® offers a line of emergency sanitation equipment, including portable toilets, toilet deodorant, antimicrobial wipes, towellettes, tissues, toothbrushes, and toothpaste to keep you clean and comfortable until sanitation services are restored.
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