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The old phrase, “Cleanliness is next to Godliness” is never truer than in an emergency. Of course, at that point, it’s also next to impossible too. With the right planning, however, you can keep your family safe and clean if there’s a disaster or emergency. It takes the right supplies and forethought to get the job done.
Consider the things you do around the house on a daily basis. You’ll immediately think of dishes, vacuuming, making the beds and preparing meals, but each person in your household does even more. You arise in the morning, stumble into the kitchen make coffee, go to the bathroom and wash or shower. Then it’s one to breakfast, which may be just a cup of coffee or a real breakfast, such as cereal and milk or eggs and toast. Those dishes go into the dishwasher and you brush your teeth and get dressed for work. Before you leave, you grab the bag of trash to take out for trash pickup. Maybe you don’t do everything in that order, but it is a short summation of how most people’s mornings go.
Now imagine you have no running water, dishwasher, vacuum, no trash pickup and no ability to flush. Of course, in this case you wouldn’t be going off to work. You can picture how things could start to pile up and how cleaning the area could become quite difficult. If you’ve planned for an event like this, you have a stockpile of water to continue washing, flushing and doing chores. You have dish soap for dishes, a waste disposal plan in the event flushing isn’t possible and all the dust cloths, cleaning sponges, detergent, bleach and tools, such as a broom or a hand push vacuum for cleaning.
A clean-living area is a real moral booster. It maintains some normalcy in your home, while everything else is falling apart. It helps lift some of the gravity from the situation, but also serves a very important purpose. It keeps your family healthy. Disease runs rampant after a major disaster. In fact, unhealthy living conditions often account for more deaths than the disaster itself caused. Illness after a major disaster is even worse, because many hospitals and health care facilities are either closed or filled to the brim. Trash, human waste and sitting water can carry germs, which draws insects that transfers those germs to others. Keeping your family healthy is your primary focus and cleanliness helps you do it.