Surival and Disaster Planning – Don’t Forget Sanitation When The Grid Goes Down

Sanitation is going to be an issue in a green, yellow or red event.  Of course the longer a disaster event the more serious and better prepared you should plan being in regards to sanitation.  Why is sanitation so important?  Because people right now are used to being able to turn the knob at the kitchen sink or in the bathroom and get plenty of water to wash dishes and take showers.  People are used to being able to do their laundry either at home or at a local dry-cleaners.  Right now you collect your garbage a few times a week and put it out near the curb so the garbage man can pick it up and haul it away.  Right now when you flush the toilet your waste gets pumped away and you don’t have to give it another thought after the fact.

So if you don’t know how to keep proper sanitation when major disaster strikes, especially during a yellow or red event, the chances of you getting sick and dying increase tenfold.  Disease/sickness will run rampant if you do not know how to prepare your food, prepare clean drinking water, prepare to properly dispose of your waste, and so on and so forth.  You shouldn’t just dump your garbage outside your door or near your retreat location, nor should you just step outside and relieve yourself on the side of the house or the nearest tree at your retreat location.  You keep doing that over and over in a yellow or red even, even a long green event, and you are going to start to attract bugs and flies and worse…rodents.  Imagine those flies that are buzzing around and landing on your waste pile fly over and land on the food you are preparing dozens of yards away?  People are going to start getting sick, and fast.  And during a major yellow and red event the chances of you being able to get medical attention to help fight any ailment you get from poor sanitation is probably not going to happen.  Sanitation conditions, and you can count of them being very poor in any city or large town, are just another reason to get away from large population centers when society has a collapse.

Things to be aware of in regards to proper sanitation:

  1. Clean water supply
  2. Food service and sanitation
  3. Waste disposal
  4. Anthropods and disease
  5. Anthropod control
  6. Rodent control
  7. Heat injuries
  8. Cold injuries
  9. Industrial chemical hazards
  10. Personal hygiene

Luckily there is a great source for learning everything you need to know about the points mentioned above;  The U.S. Army Unit Field Sanitation Team Manual.  All you need to do is click on the following, FM 4-25.12, and it will take you to it.  Save the PDF, print it off, put it in a three ring binder.  It’s not a small manual, but I promise you it covers everything you will need to know about sanitation in a worse case scenario.  This manual is something you should study and learn thoroughly in order to make a sanitation plan for yourself, your family, or the people at your survival retreat.  Sanitation is right up there in importance after water, food, and shelter, and U.S. Army knows how to deal with it, as this manual is standard operating procedure for any unit that is in the field away from running water and civilized conditions.