I’m sorry to break it to all of you guys who stocked up on Guns and Ammo and then called it a day, but the reality of the situation is it’s probably the Shit you haven’t prepared for that’s going to be the biggest threat to your long-term survival!
Speaking of that unpleasant visual, have you prepared for it? Have you prepared to deal with health and sanitation issues during a long-term disaster?
When planning to survive in an Urban Survival situation, one of the things that’s most often overlooked is the danger associated with a lack of adequate sanitation. I know it’s not a pleasant thing to think about, but this one issue has the potential to kill more people than any other survival topic that we can cover on OFFGRID Survival.
Disease & Death Related to Sanitation Issues
If you want to see what things will look like during a long-term survival situation, you don’t have to look very far. According to the World Health Organization, over than 35% of the world’s population lacks access to improved sanitation. If we look at those areas of the world that lack modern-day sanitation, the reality of what a post-collapse world will look like come into view.
- Currently, somewhere around 800,000 children younger than five years of age die from diarrhea each year, mostly in third-world countries with sanitation issues.
- Unsafe drinking water, scarce water resources for hygiene, and a lack of access to sanitation contribute to 88% of these diarrheal disease deaths.
- Today, Soil-transmitted helminth infections affect over one billion people due to a lack of adequate sanitation.
- Trachoma, which currently affects over 41 million people, is the world’s leading cause of preventable blindness. Trachoma is easily prevented and results from poor hygiene and sanitation.
These are just a small fraction of the numbers, but we wanted you to get a good idea of what the threat looks like.
Are you Preparing for Sanitation Issues?
Water, sanitation, and hygiene need to be on the top of your preparedness priorities list. During a long-term disaster, where sewage systems are affected and the garbage trucks stop running, things are going to quickly spiral out of control. From people literally “going in the streets,” to those trying to get rid of waste by burning toxic garbage in their backyards, big cities, and urban areas will rapidly become a threat to your health and safety during a disaster.
I think sanitation will be one of the most significant survival issues facing those living in an urban environment.
Sanitation items you need to stockpile:
- 5 Gallon Toilet Buckets or a Portable Camping Toilet
- If you can afford it, a Composting Toilet is probably a better long-term solution and makes clean up a lot easier.
- Rapid-Dissolving Toilet Paper
- Garbage Bags
- Ziploc Bags
- Composting System
- Chemical Gloves
- Disposable Plastic Gloves
- Soaps & Waterless Soaps
- Hand Sanitizers
- Disposable Plastic Gloves
- Antibacterial Creams & Ointments
- Band-Aids and wraps
- Bottles of Isopropyl Alcohol and Hydrogen Peroxide
- N95 Respirator Masks
- Cleaning Supplies & Bleach
- An adequate supply of backup water
- Water Purification Chemicals (Bleach, Iodine Tablets, etc.)
- Heavy Duty Pot that can be used to boil water over an open fire.
- A good Water Filter — we recommend the Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter