Whether you are prepping for a disaster or want to get off the grid and become more self-reliant, a toilet is one of the most important considerations.
If disaster strikes and you don’t have an emergency toilet, then it will really be a SHTF situation! I’d go as far as saying that having an emergency toilet is just as important as having a stockpile of emergency water and food. For most homes, the best option is a 5 gallon bucket toilet.
In every single disaster situation – from hurricanes to grid outages to warfare – one thing is almost always certain: hygiene disasters.
Last month, our water was off for 12 hours. Luckily, we have plenty of water stockpiled. Since it wasn’t a major disaster, we were able to use our water reserves for flushing the toilet. But, in a real emergency, you aren’t going to want to waste an entire gallon of your precious water just for flushing. And, in survival situations where you’ve got to hunker down in your safe room (such as after a nuclear attack), going into the bathroom might not even be an option. This is why you’ve got to make a plan for your emergency toilet. Otherwise, there will be a whole ‘nother definition to SHTF!