Keeping Clean and Staying Healthy When There’s No FEMA–Part 2

Keeping clean and staying healthy when there’s no FEMA to come to the rescue isn’t just something that makes us feel good. It can be a life and death matter.

On DestinySurvival Radio I concluded a two part conversation on hygiene and good health with Richard Bryant, author of When There is No FEMA. If you missed Part 1, find it here.

Richard and I talked about some rather disturbing topics. So unless you have a strong stomach, I suggest you listen at a time when you’re not partaking in a meal, or you could lose your appetite. Yet, if we’re to think survival, we must think the unthinkable.


When There is No FEMA


Sanitation Supplies

In the first part of our conversation, we ended as Rich was telling us what supplies we need for keeping things cleaned up, such as regular and antibacterial soaps, along with bleach or calcium hypochlorite. But there are other supplies we’ll need to maintain good hygiene and good health, too. They include…

  • Dehydrated sponges (to replace bathroom tissue)
  • Tarps
  • Surgical gloves
  • Face masks
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Shovel
  • Dry lime
  • 5 gallon bucket for a toilet

Rich explained more about each item during our visit.

Wondering About Waste Disposal

I know that heading doesn’t stir excitement, but it is an important survival topic.

What do we do with human waste? Rich doesn’t recommend composting it. Bury it 1-2 feet down. Keep a latrine at least 65 feet from human habitation and away from a source of water.

Don’t pour the cleaning solution you’ve used or gray water with antibiotic soap into a septic system. It kills the bacteria that need to do their work there.

Bug Out Hygiene

The rules are simlar to when you’re sheltering in place. Have regular and antibiotic soaps as well as a means to have clean water.

While bugging out means different things to different people, keep in mind that it’s not summer camp.

Quarantine Quandary

We talked a couple minutes about quarantining those that are ill. In a nutshell, if we’re in a long term grid-down scenario, Rich recommends quarantining refugees or newcomers to a community. For someone within the community, put best medical practices into place.

Dead Zone

Rich gives gidelines in his book for burying the dead. Bury them five feet down. Never bury them up hill from a source of water, and keep them a thousand feet from where people are living. He’s less concerned about the dead spreading disease than living, breathing people.

But what if a massive EMP or pandemic kills millions, and mass burial becomes necessary? Should the bodies be incinerated? Listen to our conversation to find out why Rich doesn’t recommend it.

Survival Community Sanitation

As with any aspect of community life, good leadership is important. Generally speaking, whoever deals with community sanitation should be knowledgeable about it, ideally like someone who worked in the sanitation industry previously.

Furthermore, the other side of this coin is that keeping food safe and clean is every bit as important as waste disposal.

A Clean Conclusion

Near the end of our chat, Rich made a great point worth repeating here. Practicing sanitation isn’t complicated, and it isn’t costly. Much of it is simply practicing common sense. If you take steps now, you can be competent to handle trouble when disaster arises.

Find Out More

Hear the conclusion to my two part conversation with Rich Bryant by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for August 7, 2014. (Right click to download.) Of course, you can order Rich’s book and get more info at

Hygiene and good health is just one of many areas Rich covers in his book. It’s comprehensive and thorough and deserves a place in your survival library.

Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.