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Old 10-08-2016, 01:43 PM   #41
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Then you would have to bag you waste.. but that is another story.
It depends on the kind of disaster you're talking about. As Kayelle said, it would work in her area because the buildings would be unsafe after an earthquake, and I believe she doesn't live near a body of water.

As I've said several times, we used buckets of water to flush toilets after we lost water service following a hurricane. Burying waste when there's flooding going on isn't feasible.
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Old 10-08-2016, 01:45 PM   #42
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On some of the SHTF websites, there are directions for composting toilets using large buckets and a split pool noodle as a seat.
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Old 10-08-2016, 01:51 PM   #43
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Another source of water is your hot water tank. Earthquakes don't warn you to fill up the bathtub with water.
This is true.
But if your tank is housed inside your home or garage you may have trouble accessing the tank in case of major damage to your home.
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Old 10-08-2016, 02:53 PM   #44
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This is true.
But if your tank is housed inside your home or garage you may have trouble accessing the tank in case of major damage to your home.
I'm glad ours is inside a cabinet on the outside of the house. As you know, the California law now is that all hotwater tanks must braced to walls for earthquake reasons. I found that out when I was selling my old house.

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It depends on the kind of disaster you're talking about. As Kayelle said, it would work in her area because the buildings would be unsafe after an earthquake, and I believe she doesn't live near a body of water.

As I've said several times, we used buckets of water to flush toilets after we lost water service following a hurricane. Burying waste when there's flooding going on isn't feasible.
I live very close to a river that's practically dry right now, because of the drought. It leads to the ocean 15 miles away, but in case of a disaster I wouldn't be personally concerned with that. It's logical my focus would be to bury our human waste to keep our surrounding area safe.
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Old 10-08-2016, 03:05 PM   #45
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I live very close to a river that's practically dry right now, because of the drought. It leads to the ocean 15 miles away, but in case of a disaster I wouldn't be personally concerned with that. It's logical my focus would be to bury our human waste to keep our surrounding area safe.
Yes, and the opposite for me The river near my house is used for marine commerce, cargo shipping, Navy and Coast Guard operations, a cruise ship terminal, and recreational boating and fishing. Not good to get it polluted with human waste.
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Old 10-08-2016, 03:13 PM   #46
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I'm glad ours is inside a cabinet on the outside of the house. As you know, the California law now is that all hotwater tanks must braced to walls for earthquake reasons. I found that out when I was selling my old house.....
Yes, and not only that, California now requires hot water heaters to be double braced. I found that out when I had to replace my water heater a few years ago. The plumber had to double brace it to the wall - top and bottom.

Mine is in the garage.

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Old 10-09-2016, 09:00 AM   #47
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We have plenty of things on hand food wise. We freeze 2L plastic soda bottles full of water and stick some in the fridge and leave some in the freezer in case the power goes out. When the all clear is given, and the power is still out, we fire up the generator to keep the fridge and deep freezer going. When Wilma hit, we supplied power to one of our neighbors to keep theirs going as well. If all else fails, with defrosting of our freezers and stove, then I have my outdoor cooking equipment to fall back on. To paraphrase a restaurant slogan, "They will be eating good in the neighborhood.
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Old 10-09-2016, 11:04 AM   #48
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Dried Rice, black beans, and canned spinach
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Old 10-09-2016, 06:54 PM   #49
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Want to be prepared?

Go here.
Survivalist Forum Survival Gear SHTF and TEOTWAWKI Articles

Lot's of nice folk sharing knowledge.

Disregard those over the top posters.

Life is full of doom and gloom personalities but to each his own.

Disaster is relative to what you expect.

I think I'm prepared for what I may encounter.

Plenty of foodstuffs tucked away and power will last as long as I can keep the generator going.
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