11 Tips for Hygiene after a disaster

pic source: http://blog.restaurantscanada.org/

Are you prepared for a disaster in your area? Disasters are events that no one can fully predict. They usually come upon us quickly and leave lasting effects. The only thing we can reasonably to do is prepare and have a plan of action. This is especially true when it comes to hygiene during a disaster situation. It is important to have great hygiene habits now.

1. Vaccination
Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 10.34.16 PM Make sure you are up to date on your vaccinations. Vaccinations will help your body deal with different substances from any Outbreaks which could occur with basic hygiene elements breaking down without structure (running water, sewer drains, trash removal, etc.). Vaccinations will protect you from any diseases spreading.

2. Hygiene Kit

Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 10.36.31 PM

Create a hygiene kit that will last for quite a few days.
Items that should be added to your kit include:

-Respiratory Masks
-Toilet Paper
-Tissues and/or Napkins
-Wet Sanitation Wipes (Alcohol Based)
-Tampons or Feminine Pads
-Hand Sanitizer
-Soap (Liquid and Bar)
-Hydrogen Peroxide
-Water Sanitizing System
-General First Aid Kit (Bandages, Scissors, Ointment, etc.)
-Plastic Bags (Zip Locking Preferred)
-Oral Hygiene

3. Medication
Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 10.37.18 PM
Make sure you have enough necessary amount of medication stored. Make sure there are no close to expired medication, and make sure you refilled any medication that needs to be refilled.

4. Wash Foods Adequately


Adding some bleach to water can effectively neutralize/eliminate harmful bacteria, pesticides and other particles when washing fruits, vegetables and even meats. Clean food as it is received.

pic source: modernfarmer.com
pic source: modernfarmer.com

5. Wash Hands Often and Refrain from Touching Your Face

pic source: http://blog.restaurantscanada.org/
pic source: http://blog.restaurantscanada.org/

Maintain great hand hygiene by using a sanitizer ,soap and water often. Do not attend any activities that will get your dirty. Do not touch your face or else, germs could spread to your face. Or vice versa. Start these habits now, and practice. So you can refrain from doing so when disaster strikes.

6. Clean Water


Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 10.41.06 PMStore water and make sure you only use clean water when possible. Clean water really makes a difference and has been a demise of many disaster situations in the past. Only use clean water when possible. Plan ahead with water storage or cleaning systems. Maintaining a clean environment during a disaster becomes a lot easier when there is plenty of water. Having clean water can mean all the difference and has been the demise of many disaster victims.

7. Control Garbage and  human waste

Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 10.42.21 PMMake sure you store and dispose waste the proper way. Do not store waste in a living space and do not use toilets when the water is not running.  The manner in which you handle, store and dispose of waste will determine the contamination. Create an area secluded from you and your family for a more controlled environment and cover where possible.

8. Ration Hygiene Supplies

Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 10.43.07 PM

Always have a supply of hygiene materials. Create an inventory immediately after the disaster will show you what you used the most. Ration the amount that can be used and let everyone know. Taking subsequent inventories on a daily basis will help you be on top of any supply issues so you can cut back if necessary.

9. Curtail Infection


Pic Source: http://www.gardensurgentcare.com/wound-care/

Keep alchohol, ointments or hydrogen peroxide at hand, just incase of any cuts and scrapes. This will keep you clear from any infections.

10. Take Baths Using Rainwater


Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 10.46.46 PMGet some rainwater stored, by collecting it from your rooftop or if you catch them through barrels. No need to filter or purify. Use that to bathe yourself during a disaster. Keep you healthy and clean.

11. Use Baking Soda as a Toothpaste

pic source: http://thehomemadeexperiment.com/
pic source: http://thehomemadeexperiment.com/

Keep some baking soda at hand, so you can clean your teeth daily. All you need is a little baking soda and a little bit of water to create your own home-made toothpaste.