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  • Emergency Showers: 3 Great Set Ups

    Emergency Showers--3 Great Set Ups that work

     Have you ever thought about your … ahem … personal hygiene during an emergency?

    In your quest to secure enough food and water for an emergency don’t forget to purchase supplies to keep yourself clean. Taking a shower during an emergency provides you with physical and mental health benefits that can help you survive.

    Poor hygiene and sanitation can spread disease, especially in a natural disaster. According to a John Hopkins Red Cross study, in some cases, more people die from unsanitary conditions rather than the natural disaster itself. Showering may seem like a luxury or the last thing on your mind in an emergency, but it shouldn’t be overlooked because it could save your life.

    Here are three great emergency shower set ups you can use to help you stay clean, healthy, and sane in an emergency or while camping and spending the day outdoors.

     

    Set up One: The Emergency Shower

    Since showering is an everyday task, doing it in an emergency can offer you comfort and give you a sense of control and normalcy. An emergency shower works and looks similar to the shower in your home. This familiarity can go a long way in an emergency where your world seems like it’s turned upside down.

    Emergency showers are portable and use various methods for heating your water. It just depends on which type of heating mechanism you want.

    Solar Spray Portable Shower- Absorbs direct sunlight to heat your shower water to nearly 100°F within 2.5 hours. This shower holds 5 gallons, which is enough for up to three showers. It includes an on/off valve. Switch the on/off valve to allow water to spray through the hose then spray yourself down. The hose can be placed on the shower pole tripod stand so you can stand under it just like the shower at your home.

     Which emergency shower is right for you?

    Zodi Extreme Portable Hot Shower- Uses a 10,000 BTU (British Thermal Unit) output stove to heat your water in a stainless steel container. This shower can heat your water to 100°F in just 5 minutes. It includes a water temperature indicator, showerhead, and on/off controls. It also has a 6 foot shower hose. Set the tank on the ground to shower and spray yourself with the hose, or drape the hose over a branch or shower pole tripod stand.

    Which Emergency Shower is right for you?

    Basecamp Aqua Cube Portable Hot Shower-This shower uses a battery powered water pump and a propane powered burner to heat your water. It acts as a shower and tap that can heat water to 100°F or more.  The Basecamp works much like a tank less water heater and includes a long shower hose (over 8 feet) and a 5-foot pump hose. Place the Basecamp on the ground and drape the hose over a branch or shower pole tripod stand.

    Which Emergency Shower is Right for you?

    You can fill up your emergency shower in a lake or river if the water has not been contaminated. These shower systems should not be used for storing, treating, or heating drinking or cooking water.

    You can do these three things to ensure your water is clean: 

    1. Use your water storage to fill your shower (this means you’ll have to take into account how much extra water you’ll need for bathing as well as for drinking, and cooking).
    2. Filter and treat water using your portable filter and chemical purifying treatments.
    3. Boil the water first and then fill the shower with it.

    Word to the Wise:  Make sure you wash (yourself and your dishes, etc.) at least 200 feet from any water source so that your soap doesn’t contaminate the water source itself.

    Set up Two: ReadyBath Wipes

    But what if you don’t have an emergency shower? Or can’t stand in a shower because of an injury or fatigue? Good hygiene is still important so you can avoid contracting infections, viruses, or other diseases. This is a time when a ReadyBath Wipe can help you to get clean easily and quickly.

    They come in a pack of 8 damp cloths, enriched with moisturizers and antibacterial soaps that are mild enough to cleanse the skin without irritating it. This is a great item to include in your emergency kit to keep yourself clean while on the go or in case of an injury.

    Which Emergency Shower is Right for you?

    Set up Three: Use cooking water or natural water sources

    Let’s say you don’t want to tap into your water storage supplies for bathing or you don’t have ReadyBath Wipes. If you want conserve your water storage for drinking and cooking, here are a couple tricks:

    1. Take a sponge bath using the warm water left over from the boiled water you used to make a meal. This conserves and repurposes your water storage (please don’t cook with that water again after you’re done bathing…dump it out!)
    2. Wash in a river or stream using camp soap or another biodegradable soap that is phosphate-free. Don’t use a lot of this soap because it can still contaminate fresh water sources. Make sure to wear shoes while washing in streams or rivers. Wearing shoes prevents parasitic infections and cuts that could become infected.
    3. Use a little bit of camp soap to wash in the rain.

     

    Check out these sanitation supplies to make showering/bathing outdoors easier and more private.

    -           Aqua Towels

    -           Disaster Hygiene Kit

    -          Shower Pole with Tripod Stand

    -          Deluxe Portable Privacy Shelter

    For more saitation options like toilets, toothbrushes, and much more, check out our sanitation product page.

     

    Sources

    “Sanitation and hygiene During an Emergency” http://beprepared.com/blog/5920/sanitation-and-hygiene-during-an-emergency-2/

    http://www.unicef.org/wash/index_emergency.html

    http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/hygiene/

    http://www.backcountryattitude.com/biodegradable_soap.html

    http://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/center-for-refugee-and-disaster-response/publications_tools/publications/_CRDR_ICRC_Public_Health_Guide_Book/Forward.pdf

    Posted In: Equipment, Insight, Uncategorized Tagged With: Emergency Gear, Sanitation

  • Emergency Warmth

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    Suffering from cold temperatures can be discomforting and potentially dangerous, especially in an emergency we can prepare ourselves to handle cold weather.

    Emergency Warmth

    There are a number of ways to accomplish this and based upon your needs, you should be able to find one that suits you.

    Cold conditions also require special preparation especially in emergency situations. Anyone involved in winter sports or travel should have with them a winter emergency kit. You can survive weeks without food, yet only days without water. Hypothermia is also something to remember, since it can kill you in a matter of minutes. Shelter from wind and water is vital. Matches and fire starters are a must along with water, food, and back-up heat sources such as hand warmers. Other items that might be included are a compass, a whistle, light source, and a poncho or emergency blanket. All of this can be stored and carried while snowmobiling, skiing, or virtually any other winter activity.

    If things become really serious consider what resources you have at the time. The newspaper could become an emergency blanket, as well as kindling for the fire. Your sheepskin seat covers, or the padding from the car seats themselves, may be the insulating difference between life and death. Both are extreme examples, but during an emergency, it may be all that is available to you. Below is some useful information about staying warm in different conditions.

    On The Road

    Being prepared on the road during winter includes having a supply of extra clothing, blankets, food, water, and hand warmers in your car. An emergency car kit would come in handy for such an occasion. If you do get stranded, stay in your car. Run the motor for short periods of time to operate the heater. As soon as the car warms up, turn the ignition off. Have your window cracked a bit to let in fresh air and to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Tie a bright piece of cloth to the antenna to alert rescuers. If you decide you must leave your car, leave a note telling who you are and what direction you are heading.

    One of the most important things to do is to keep yourself warm. It is suggested to wear warm clothing including a hat, scarf, gloves, and socks. Your head, hands and feet can lose a lot of body heat. If you are in a severely cold emergency situation, wear 3 or 4 layers of dry clothing, towels, or blankets. It is recommended to change clothing as often as necessary if it becomes damp.

    Dangerous driving conditions

    In The Home

    What if the power fails or your furnace heater goes out during cold weather? You can still stay warm in your house if you build an indoor shelter. Put several desks and small tables together as a frame. All four sides, the roof, and floor should be covered with some insulating materials such as mattresses, blankets, pillows, sheets, clothing--anything you can get your hands on to make the walls 15 inches or thicker. Make the shelter compact with only a small space for each person. Lie close to or hug another person. Your body heat will keep the shelter warm. Another effective way to get warm is to drink plenty of warm to hot liquids.

    Outdoors

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    If you are outdoors in the cold, you can still keep yourself warm. First, if possible, you should build a fire. If you don’t happen to have matches you can still start a fire. Your car’s cigarette lighter, battery, and gas can all be very helpful for starting fires. As a last resort to lighting a fire, you can disconnect the positive battery cable and touch it on the metal body of your car (as far away from your battery as possible), it will create sparks. WARNING: Use extreme caution with this method--the gas fumes from the battery can catch on fire and cause the battery to explode. A safer way to make a fire is with a piece of hard steel and a rock. Strike the two together and create sparks to light some tinder. This method takes a lot of patience. The wise thing to do is to have a method to start fires in your car.

    If you are stranded without shelter, you can build an adequate shelter using a few simple items. If you have a tarp and can find some long poles and a standing tree, you can build a tepee. In the winter time, you can dig a hole in a snowbank and lay 5-15 inches of insulating materials beneath you. Make sure you pick a good snowbank in a stable area out of avalanche danger. Dig a small opening and enlarge it from the inside. Make it big enough for a comfortable fit, yet small enough to allow your body heat to warm up the interior. To circulate enough air, dig downward first, then up and inward. The low spot will act as a trap for the cold air coming from the open doorway. If you find a tall pine tree, you can dig a shelter under its branches. Line the dugout with tarp if possible. If you can’t build a fire or a shelter, stay active and keep moving.

    Be wise and do not compromise. Over all, the best way to be warm is to stay warm. The old adage holds true "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

    Posted In: Insight, Shelter and Temperature Control, Uncategorized Tagged With: emergency warmth, emergency preparedness supplies, Emergency Gear

  • Mobile Washer (Hand Operated Washing Machine)

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    We would like to introduce the new Mobile Washer (Hand Operated Washing Machine). This is a very affordable item to include with your emergency and outdoor supplies. It is very easy to use and gets amazing results!

    The Mobile Washer uses a technique of pushing and pulling the water through your clothes, without excess friction (which also reduces the wear on your clothes). This washer uses minimal water and because of the agitation motion, less soap. Use in a bucket (5-gallon suggested), sink or tub. It's also able to rinse your clothes using fresh water.

    Mobile Washer Parts

    Place the Agitator into the Large Cone

    Place the Small Cone on top and screw in the Handle

     

    Assembly Finished

    The picture above shows the unique bottom section of the Mobile Washer with the Agitator section. This section allows the water to be pushed and pulled through the clothes with an agitating motion. This is known as the 'direct vacuum effect'.

    That is one dirty shirt!

    Fill a bucket, sink or bathtub with sufficient water to wash the clothes and add soap according to how dirty the clothing is.

    Adding some laundry detergent to bucket of water

    Adding dirty shirt to water

    The Mobile Washer is operated by an up and down movement. After a few moments of doing this you will feel a 'sucking' action as water is being pushed and pulled through the clothing (the direct vacuum effect).

    Washing the shirt

     

     

    Ringing out soapy water after washing
    Now repeat the up and down movement with the clothing in clean rinse water. Use the same amount of water in order to achieve the necessary vacuum action.

    Rinsing shirt in clean rinse water

    Squeeze out as much excess water as possible and repeat the rinsing process if necessary. Hang and allow time to dry.

    Finished - Looks great!

    Click above to watch the video

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: Emergency Gear, Mobile Washer

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