This post is sponsored by Clorox. All opinions are my own.
We’re currently in the latest storm pathway and are expecting 10+ inches of rain this Friday. Seeing how we may be impacted compelled me to reassess our family emergency preparedness plan.
I am already a meticulously organized person so I have our most important documents in a grab-and-go weatherproof tote and our laundry room is stocked with extra supplies. However, I realized my plans did not take the current pandemic or after post-disaster clean-up into consideration.
Our previous preparedness plan had the most common bases covered, but with the pandemic we needed to take a few extra steps to be even more prepared.
Two of the main updates I made to our preparedness plan are to take into account the possibility of evacuating during this pandemic and post-disaster clean-up.
These are two areas where I was lacking so I hopped online and ordered some supplies. I got extra face masks, hand sanitizer, hand soap, first aid supplies and a 3-pack of Clorox® Performance Bleach.
Being Prepared to Evacuate Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic
To better prepare for evacuating with my extended family during the pandemic, extra disposable face masks, hand sanitizer, and extra soap are a priority. We already keep these items on hand for everyday use but thought we should pick up extra in the event that stores are closed and deliveries are hindered due to storms.
Today, we are under a flood advisory and will be again tomorrow if this rain doesn’t let up.
In the event of an evacuation our plans include meeting up with our parents, children and grandchildren to stay in one place outside of the disaster area. Having enough masks to wear will help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We calculated at least two reusable masks per person in our family, and we’ll have the disposable ones as backup.
Post Evacuation Cleanup
Hurricanes, tornadoes and floods in our area usually result in moisture and standing water that can lead to mold. I have allergies and asthma so living in a home with mold is not an option.
We know first hand how damaging water can be because we’ve experienced it when our lower level flooded years ago from our washing machine. I know now that having Clorox® Performance Bleach on hand for possible post evacuation cleanup is essential.
I’ve learned we can possibly salvage our space by following some simple cleanup recommendations. Here are some tips from Clorox on how to use bleach properly in order to clean up our space after a natural disaster.
Kill Bacteria at Home
- Per the EPA’s Emerging Pathogen Policy, Clorox bleach products are effective against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, when used as directed on hard, nonporous surfaces.
- When using Clorox bleach products, always remember to look at the label to follow product usage instructions and safety precautions.o For 6% sodium hypochlorite, dilute 1 Tablespoon with 2 cups of water.o For 7.5% sodium hypochlorite, dilute 2 teaspoons with 2 cups of water.
o Do not mix with anything other than water 1  .
Removing Mold and Mildew at Home:
To remove mold and mildew at home, you can use Clorox® Disinfecting Bleach on hard non-porous surfaces and items and follow the instructions below. If you have a different bleach product, click here to get solution instructions based on the exact bleach you have on hand.
● Disinfect all cleaned surfaces with a solution of 1/3 cup of Clorox® Disinfecting Bleach diluted in 1 gallon of water.
● Let the solution stay on the surface for at least 10 minutes before rinsing with clear water and allowing to dry.
● Routinely check potential problem spots (e.g. Bathroom, laundry, mechanical room, etc.) for moldy odors, and disinfect often with a solution of 1/3 cup of Clorox®
For more on how to prepare for a natural disaster, click here.