Sanitation in a Disaster

  Human waste is one of the deadliest substances on earth. Where sanitation is poor, death & disease are rampant. Our current systems for disposing of waste can be affected by many situations. If we lose water, we lose sewer. If we lose power for an extended time, we also lose sewer. In an earthquake or landslide sewer lines can rupture. In each of these scenarios, our instincts might be to use a camp potty, an RV or even dig a pit latrine. These solutions are very dangerous if we don’t know how to properly set up and dispose of the waste. They will bring animals, vermin and insects into our environment that spread disease. Exposure to human waste will make your family very sick.

This class will educate you on all aspects of sanitation. You’ll learn how to set up a sanitary temporary bathroom as well as how to prevent hydrogen sulfide from entering your home. We’ll also discuss pesticides and cleansers. It is relevant to families, first responders, neighborhoods and communities. Sanitation in a Disaster promises to be eye-opening to even the most seasoned of emergency preparedness individuals.

Conversations in Preparedness

                     Communication is a very important part of preparedness. However, if you sign up for a communication class, you are most likely going to be flooded with information about HAM radio operation, radio frequencies and walkie-talkie operation. That is NOT what this class is about. While those are all important topics, this class works to educate families on WHAT conversations you should be having BEFORE a disaster in order to be more resilient. We’ve been told to make a plan, but that can seem fairly vague. What kind of plan? Won’t I be given instructions in an emergency as to what I should do? For instance, in a disaster, if you are being asked to evacuate – what do you do if your child is at school, your teenager is at practice and your spouse is at work? What should we talk about BEFORE that happens? How we communicate with our children is very important to minimize anxiety. This class will discuss HOW to communicate with your family, WHAT you should be communicating and then gives fun examples of how to involve your family in preparedness so that it’s an adventure, not a disaster.

 

Fun Food Storage for Families

 Many of us are working continually to be more self reliant every day. Part of that process is to have some food storage on hand for everyday emergencies or even a large scale disaster. As a working mom, a great food storage room makes my life easier every day, (even without a catastrophy!) Buying in bulk makes great sense from a budget perspective as well. However, this can be a daunting task. Often I hear concerns of wasted food, not knowing how to prepare what we've stored, troubles with inventory (How much do I buy?!) and frustrations of dusty, disorganized cellars. This class will give you the help you need to address each of those issues. We'll also help you make it a fun family project and part of your lifestyle. You'll learn how to balance long term storage with foods your family eats all the time. You'll learn how to use food storage as a tool to make your life easier, NOT more complicated.

Available Presentations

To request one of the following presentations, please email me at:

kathrynmcmullin@utah.gov