In emergencies, sanitation and hygiene can be the most important thing you need.
Originally posted on The American Resolution Preparedness Blog:
Many of us are diligent in storing food and water for emergency use, but tend to forget to store items we use every day to stay clean and healthy. Many of these items would become luxuries during an emergency while others can help prevent contamination and illness. Start by making two lists of non-food items. First, list the items you definitely will use. Second, list the ones you may also need to help keep your surroundings clean. Begin with the first list and add those items to your home storage as soon as you can. Then, progress to the second list. Plan to rotate your supplies so that they stay fresh and do not lose their usefulness.
Here is a list of items you may want to consider storing. This list is not all-inclusive, so feel free to add to it. For all these items, track how much of each your family uses (if they use it) so you how much to store. An easy way to do this is to keep track of use for a week or month, then multiple it by how many weeks’- or months’-worth you plan to store.
- Toilet paper
- Bath soap
- Liquid dish soap