How to stay clean during a natural disaster

While we can’t control when natural disasters will affect us, we can take charge of how prepared we are to handle them.

The American Cleaning Association shares that one website that offers great advice for creating plans for everything from evacuations and staying in touch with loved ones to safeguarding documents and pets is https://www.ready.gov/september.

National Preparedness Month is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning now and throughout the year. The 2019 theme is “Prepared, Not Scared.”

Cleaning supplies are important to have on hand during natural disasters – whether you are staying at home or heading for higher ground. Depending on the emergency, water may be unclean or scarce, germs or bacteria may be rampant, or you may simply need a way to keep clean on the go.

Here’s a list of supplies that you should keep handy in a small to-go kit or supplies stash: hand sanitizer and a bar or dispenser of soap, disinfectant wipes, small bottle of dish soap with bottled water, small bottle of laundry detergent, and facial/body wipes.

Of course, we hope you will never have a need for this stash, but safe is always better than sorry.

Nancy Nelson38 Posts

Nancy Nelson is the Meadowlark Extension District agent in the areas of family and child development.

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