Things you’ll need for Sanitation when SHTF!

In most disaster scenarios or any kind of end of the world as we know it type event, sanitation is going to be a major problem. After an earthquake, flood, hurricane, tornado, in a war zone, or during a pandemic, your surroundings as well as your immediate area can and will be contaminated with germs, viruses and disease. That means any common or public area is going to be extremely dangerous.

Sewers and septic tanks are going to leak / overflow into the surrounding areas, they can potentially contaminate groundwater, lakes, and water pipelines. Without garbage trucks, dead animals and trash will quickly pile up and create breeding grounds for germs and bacteria. Most people will not dispose of their waste properly, and it will more than likely seep into waterways. Petroleum byproducts, oil, gasoline and the like from damaged or submerged vehicles is likely to spread into the earth. To make matters even worse, the increased stress of the situation will lead to a weakening of your immune system. So what can you do?

Ideally, you’ll want to stay inside as long as possible. But if the crisis lasts for long, you’re going to have to go outside eventually. Here are some supplies you should start stocking up on now (in alphabetical order):

1. Clorox Disinfecting Wipes – Great for cleaning any surface areas that are touched often.

2. Drinking Water – You’ll need at least a gallon per person per day. Two gallons would be even better because you’ll also need clean water to bathe yourself with. If you run out of clean water, you’ll have to boil whatever water you can find. A roiling boil for 1 minute should do it. (Rain water must be boiled, too.) If you don’t have room to store a lot of drinking water or don’t have enough fuel to boil water everyday, I recommend buying a Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter. This will clean up to 13000 gallons of water before the filter needs to be replaced.

3. Feminine Hygiene Products – Self explanatory.

4. Hydrogen peroxide – For treatment of minor cuts, scrapes and burns. Can also be used as a gargle or mouth rinse.

5. Nitrile Gloves – Wear these while cleaning and dealing with waste.

6. Pampers Baby Fresh Wipes – These are great for cleaning yourself if you don’t have enough clean water for bathing.

7. Paper Towels – For drying off after washing yourself. Don’t just use the same cloth towels over and over.

8. Portable Toilet – You may need this if the water tap stops flowing. Don’t forget to buy some small trash bags to use as liners, or consider installing the tried and true ‘Outhouse’ on your property if you are able.

9. Instant Hand Sanitizer – Use it when you get up, after you go to the bathroom, before cooking, before you eat, basically all the time!

10. Regular Unscented Bleach – This kind of bleach has a longer shelf life, and it can also be used to purify water.

11. Toilet Paper – There’s an old survivalist joke that when TSHTF, toilet paper will be worth its weight in gold. I wouldn’t be surprised if this actually happened.

12. Toothbrushes and Toothpaste – Remember, the mouth is the dirtiest part of the body.

13. Trash Bags – You’ll need somewhere to put all those dirty baby wipes. You can never have too many trash bags, they can also be used to place any deceased animals found in/around your shelter into.

14. Rubber Gloves – You’ll need these for when you have to interact with potentially contaminated materials.

15. Learn to make your own soaps using wood ash as the base, this will help if it’s not a disaster situation, but a end of the world as we know it type event.

Remember, the best way to prevent disease is to avoid getting one in the first place. Wash your hands!

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Always looking for new and improved ways to distribute the weight of my gear for every day use, as well as how to get the most out of my E.D.C. Check out the mods, and gear options listed below for some great ideas on how to mod out your gear with some of these ideas.
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The Lost art of proper Food Storage

A generation or two ago, families had the good sense to always maintain a good food storage program because they understood that bad things can happen, not just in life, but also to your food supplies. After the great depression, families who survived learned the lesson of being prepared for just about anything. Since the late 80’s early 90’s when food, and other household products became more and more readily available (think Walmart beings pushing mom and pop shops out of town), America became complacent and assumed that there would never be a time when we couldn’t get in the car, drive to the grocery store or restaurant, and find exactly what we wanted in bountiful quantities at cheap prices.

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Defense Considerations: How many acres do you really need for your homestead retreat?

Your biggest vulnerability, in a SHTF situation where you are living at your homestead and need to grow your own crops and manage your own livestock so as to maintain a viable lifestyle for you and your family for many years to come, will be when you’re out in the field and focused on your farming duties.

Maintaining any type of effective security of your homestead retreat will require more manpower than you could afford to spare during harvest time, and even if you could, you’d remain vulnerable to a skilled and determined adversary.  A better strategy is to create a buffer zone between the land you work and the uncontrolled land adjacent to you.  This buffer zone reduces the lethality of any surprise assault and gives you time to get to shelter or a defensible position, or regroup and defend your homestead retreat.

A sufficient sized buffer zone requires an enormous amount of additional land, we suggest you either rent out some of your buffer zone or settle next to other like-minded folk, giving you relatively safe and more secure boundaries on at least some sides of your retreat lot.

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Benefits of a State Guard, State Defense Force

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“It appears foolhardy to wait until a national emergency is upon us and the National Guard is ordered into the Federal service before at least laying the groundwork for a State defense force” – MG Ellard A. Walsh, president, National Guard Association of the United States, prepared statement to the Senate Committee on Armed Services, July 28, 1955

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Everyday Survival Lessons from Single Parents!

Without a doubt, single parents often have to learn how to make do with what they have, which at times isn’t all that much. Partly due to less money coming in as there is only 1 source of household income, and partly because one person can only be in so many places at once!
Single parents have to learn skills that parents that have support from second parent may not have to. As a result, single parents tend to be nominally more self-reliant and crafty with their time and resources. Continue reading

Improvised Weapons, You may already have on hand.

When you find yourself in a survival situation, and I don’t just mean a end of the world type event, but a life or death situation. Your walking from the subway to the Park and Ride to get into your car after working late, it’s after sunset and right as you reach into your hand bag to get your keys, when all of a sudden your grabbed by a stranger. Continue reading