In times of chaos and disaster, evacuation sites serve as a haven for people who are desperate for shelter. But it does not ensure their safety all the time, they may be unharmed by the calamity but they can be prone to diseases caused by a dirty and contaminated environment.
Regardless if you are a volunteer or an ordinary citizen, knowing these best practices for evacuation sites is essential to help protect not only your family but also the other members of your community.
Sanitize High-Risk Surfaces There are lots of common areas on evacuations sites that are constantly exposed and touched by people. These include food preparation areas, diaper changing tables, and surfaces soiled with body fluid (flood, feces and vomit, etc.) This is why thorough cleaning and disinfection should be done from time to time so that any trace of germ, bacteria, or dirt which can cause illness or allergies will be eliminated.
In doing so, we highly recommend the use of Wowables™. It is engineered specifically to clean surfaces without leaving any dirt nor damages behind. In addition, it is made durable and treated with anti-microbial agents so rest assured that no germ will continue to grow and spread disease. You will also need an effective cleaning solution to back up your tools.
For volunteers, mattresses, bed frames, and pillows must be washed and cleaned in between departures and arrivals of other evacuees. Handled Scrubber will assist you with this task. It is gentle on your hand but tough on dirt.
Meanwhile, you can take care of the floors with our Floor Deck Brush, it is thoroughly clean between gaps and crevices, making it perfect for tile, wood, concrete, and other types of surfaces.
Immediately deal with spilled chemicals or waste so anyone won’t be harmed. Wear protection gear especially in your hands and face. Use Anti-microbial Clean N' Wipe™ Cloths. It does make specifically deal with waste. But be careful not to use it on corrosive material because it cannot protect you and you may still hurt your hand. Meanwhile, our Cellulose Sponge Cloth will absorb excess moisture on surfaces helping you dry it while you properly dispose of the liquid.
Extra reminder to check roofs, walls, or plumbing regularly in case there are any damages or leaks that need repair. These spills when left untouched can later become stagnant puddles which can attract disease-carrying insects such as mosquitoes. Worse comes to worst, it will lead to an outbreak that will affect many lives. So, better deal with it as soon as possible.
Assign proper waste disposal areas with enough trash bins
Any evacuation site which will hold a population for some time should have waste bins that encourage proper segregation so the trash will be separated according to distinction and so they can be easily be dealt with by waste management personnel.
The surrounding of these bins should also be cleaned regularly to avoid attracting insects and pests. Lola has a variety of cleaning mops such as the Lola Rola Sticky Mop™ which can be used to collect dirt, dust, and debris on different surfaces. Aside from its extendable handle which allows you not to have direct contact with the wastes, it also has easy-to-tear cleaning sheets for quick and easy disposal.
Now you can help your entire neighborhood to have a comfortable and safe stay while you all wait for the storm out.