Tuesday, February 9, 2021

50 Things You Need for Disaster Clean Up

While most people prepare for actual disasters (food, water, supplies, etc), they often forget to prepare for after the disaster.  This usually involves a copious amount of clean up--and a need for clean-up supplies just when everyone else in the area is hitting up Walmart and Home Depot because they didn't prepare for the clean-up part either.  Here are the basic items to have on hand to clean up after a disaster...
  1. Steel-toed work books with puncture-resistant insoles
  2. Rubber boots
  3. Gloves: nitrile gloves, rubber kitchen gloves, leather work gloves
  4. Face mask: N95 masks, respirator with extra cartridges
  5. Safety goggles
  6. Baseball cap or other head covering
  7. Hardhat
  8. Disposable PPEs/coveralls
  9. Duct tape
  10. Garbage bags: small, medium, and large
  11. 5 gallon buckets
  12. Large trashcans
  13. Paper towels
  14. Bleach
  15. Household cleaner (never mix this with bleach)
  16. Rags/sponges/scouring pads
  17. Scrub brushes
  18. Broom and dustpan
  19. Mop
  20. Wet/dry shop vac
  21. Shovel
  22. Rake
  23. Wheelbarrow
  24. Cutting tools: utility knife, tin snips, bolt cutters, scissors
  25. Basic tools: hammer, pliers, screwdrivers, wrenches, etc
  26. Repair materials: screws, nails, zipties, staple gun, etc
  27. Water/gas shut-off tool
  28. Prybar
  29. Saw/chainsaw/ax
  30. Sledgehammer
  31. Rope
  32. Tarps/plastic sheeting
  33. Cordless power tools with extra batteries: screwdriver, drill, circular saw, etc
  34. Flashlights, headlamps, lanterns
  35. Ladders
  36. Wench/come-along
  37. Plywood/assorted framing material
  38. Power source: generator, battery bank, etc.
  39. Garden hoses
  40. Extension cords
  41. Fans/portable heaters
  42. Caution tape/high-viz safety vest
  43. Sanitizing supplies: wet wipes, Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer, etc
  44. Earplugs
  45. Spare: gas, batteries, propane if using a propane heater, etc.
  46. First aid kit
  47. Knee pads
  48. Sharpies
  49. Worksite amenities: Port A Potty, tent/other shelter, sleeping bags, personal protection (gun, Mace, etc), camp stove, etc.
  50. Personal care items: food, water, sunblock, cell battery bank, change of clothing, cash, battery powered radio, etc
And some cautionary notes:
  • Do not start clean-up until you have thoroughly documented the damage and have the go-ahead from your insurance company which may want to send an adjuster before any clean-up has started.
  • Do know how to safely clean up after a disaster (study this topic BEFORE you need the information).

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