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.
Emergency Packs for Families
For years we’ve been told about the items we should have in our packs. Those lists are filled with life-saving items that typically apply to the minimum needed for a grown man to survive. This doesn’t necessarily apply to our families and the types of emergencies we may face in our everyday life. These lists don’t address how to deal with kids if you’re stuck in a car or what proven items have been needed while staying in a shelter. This class will speak to Mothers, Fathers and families about why they actually need a pack, what events they will most likely use them for as well as where they should be kept. Then we get into the fun stuff! We will discuss how to customize these packs for our own family, where to start and it will give you genius ideas of how to do it on a budget! If you would like to incorporate an activity along with this class, we can make fun ID tags that are customized to each family!
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.
How to Move Your Neighborhood to Action
Many of us have been asked by churches, our cities or even our community leaders to help our neighborhoods be prepared for an emergency, but that can be a daunting prospect. I know I understand the importance and even the process of how to become more self-reliant, but how do I help someone else understand? Especially someone who may not prioritize it as I do? What topics are most important to teach and how do I teach it so they’ll listen? How do I move them from understanding to action? What if you’ve been doing this for years and the topic seems to have grown stale in your area? All of these questions and more will be answered in this presentation. This class will give your organization the jump start it needs to get going or get back on track! And we’ll have fun doing it!