Emergency Toilet Set You May Need In A Disaster

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Emergency Toilet Set: You may need one sometime in the future if you have an unforeseen disaster or emergency. Or maybe a power outage and the sewer lines do not work because there is zero electricity in your neighborhood. I am really trying to show every possible type of preparedness situation you might need to consider. Here’s the deal, I am going to show you two different ideas today. The six-gallon setup shown above and one other emergency toilet idea.

I have one of these stored in my garage ready to use if needed here at the house or to take somewhere offsite. We all have to use the bathroom, it’s a fact of life. It’s not the most comfortable thing to talk about, but we must if we want to be prepared for the unexpected. So I decided to show you my emergency toilet set complete with the items needed to be stored inside this six-gallon bucket. Remember, never get rid of buckets because you can always use them for so many things. You can buy five-gallon buckets, but the larger ones are easier to use and not have to squat down so far to the ground.

Here Are The Items I Store Inside The Bucket (Emergency Toilet Set):

Emergency Toilet Stuff

1. Box of 10-gallon size bags (500-count), I bought these at Costco. You can buy the green ones but they are so expensive

2. Toilet paper at least 3-4 rolls

3. Hand Sanitizer

4. Baby Wipes

5. A collapsible shovel (not shown)

6. Kitty litter or sawdust to help reduce the odor

7. Duct tape to attach the bags to the bucket to prevent slippage

Five Gallon Versus Six Gallon Bucket Emergency Toilet Kits:

I was asked today why I prefer the six-gallon buckets for emergency toilets. Here’s the deal. This is not the first time I have been asked so I decided to show you a picture of the difference. If you are 5 feet tall or less the five-gallon emergency toilets would work fine. That extra two-inches makes all the difference of someone over 5 feet tall. If I could find a 7-gallon bucket that would be even better!You May Need An Emergency Toilet Set | via www.foodstoragemoms.com

Two Different Toilet Seat Styles

I need to show you the two different toilet seats I found to use for the six-gallon emergency toilets. The black one I bought several years ago. The green one is a new and improved emergency toilet seat. This new green one I found at Emergency Essentials. It has a rubber type gasket with a latch/lock incorporated into the lid and base. It is really a lot sturdier than the black one I purchased years ago.

Two Toilet Seat Choices

Garbage Bag Toilet

Okay now, let’s look at another option for an emergency toilet. I realize some of us have smaller homes and may not have a way to store items like the emergency toilet set shown above. I had seen something similar to the bag toilet below somewhere. Someone suggested putting a tennis ball in the bottom of the toilet bowl. I am not going to suggest that because I am a nervous nellie and I am afraid it will clog the toilet.

I suggest turning off the water taps below your toilet so just in case the water/sewer lines begin to work again…these big old garbage bags do not go down the toilet. Although with the kitty litter it would be almost impossible to “flush” it. I am thinking I would duct tape the handle to the toilet so NO ONE can flush it until I remove the tape.

Here is the first step to another type of an emergency toilet set. One large garbage and bag and 3-4 cups kitty litter.

bag-in-toilet

That emergency toilet set is with the toilet seat up. Below is the toilet ready to use. I did a similar emergency toilet post last year but wanted to update with this new garbage bag emergency toilet idea.  In either example shown, you would want to dispose of the bag with all its “goodies” in the proper way once things are back to normal.  You could CAREFULLY empty the contents in small increments in the functional toilet, or dig a hole and bury the bag and contents in a location that wouldn’t put nearby water supplies at risk.

Toilet Bag With Kitty Litter

September is National Emergency Preparedness Month so I hope this inspires you and your family to be prepared for the unexpected. Blessings..

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21 thoughts on “Emergency Toilet Set You May Need In A Disaster

  • September 9, 2014 at 8:10 am
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    I am new to prepping Linda. So I have not seen the kitty litter idea before. Thank you for sharing.

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    • September 9, 2014 at 8:12 am
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      Hi Donna, you can actually use sawdust as well. It is easier for me to buy kitty litter. I am not sure where I would get sawdust! LOL! Hugs! Linda

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  • September 9, 2014 at 10:03 am
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    Great idea! Thanks! This is something I have actually worried about.

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    • September 9, 2014 at 11:29 am
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      Hi Mary Beth, I made one a few years ago. I cannot imagine going the bathroom in the bushes. I need privacy and my own emergency toilet. Yep, we all need one! Thanks for stopping by, Hugs! Linda

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  • September 9, 2014 at 11:16 am
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    I could have used this after the 2005 hurricane in FL where we lost electric for 2 weeks and sewer for 1 week. I can live w/o electric but it’s a whole different ballpark when you can’t flush the toilet! We evacuated after the storm just to have a working toilet and get caught up on laundry. Great post!

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    • September 9, 2014 at 11:30 am
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      Hi Rachel, wow you lost electricity for 2 weeks and the sewer for 1 week. Boy I could have learned a lot from you about this type of situation! Linda

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  • September 9, 2014 at 12:29 pm
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    I have the first option in storage but also like the second option if needed. Fortunately we have a septic tank and plenty of water available for flushing. I don’t like squatting either because it’s hard to read a magazine when squatting.

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    • September 9, 2014 at 3:38 pm
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      Hi Dan, I love hearing you have two options! That’s awesome! Linda

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  • September 9, 2014 at 7:28 pm
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    Thanks Linda
    How does the seat attach to the bucket? I worry about it wobbling when using it.

    I bought a camping toilet – it’s basically the same premiss but shorter so I’d be interested in using the 6 gallon bucket with that snap lid.

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    • September 9, 2014 at 8:13 pm
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      The camping toilet is great but for adults its too short for some people. The new green lid you can tap on with a rubber mallet (maybe)…although how would we empty the bags? I think the rubber seal will help hold it in place if that makes sense. Linda

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  • September 13, 2014 at 12:58 pm
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    I have one of these bucket with supplies ready to go for any emergency. I am in CA in a city that is recovering from a 6.0 earthquake & over 90 water main breaks. We were lucky & my family didn’t have to use it but it was nice to know it was there just in case!

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    • September 13, 2014 at 2:22 pm
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      Hi Starlene, I am so glad to hear you have an emergency toilet. I cannot even imagine 90 water main breaks! Blessing to you and your family. Glad you are okay! Linda

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      • September 14, 2014 at 8:58 am
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        Thank you Linda for your kind words & your wonderful website! Our city just lifted all the drinking water precautions today! And we now have more than 150 water main breaks!

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        • September 14, 2014 at 10:54 am
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          Starlene, WHAT?? They lifted all the drinking water precautions and now you have more than 150 water main breaks? Oh my goodness! Linda

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  • September 16, 2014 at 10:07 am
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    New to your great page.
    I seen a while back, I don’t remember where. 🙁
    To use a swimming noodle, cut it down the side length wise. And cut to the length to go around the top of your bucket.
    The photo had a gap at the front. So when you set, you can reach into the bucket. You just slide the cut side of the noodle over the edge of the bucket.
    Thanks for your great page!

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    • September 16, 2014 at 10:57 am
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      Hi Joyce, I have seen that toilet somewhere. Great idea. I should add one to my website. Thanks for reminding me about that one. You rock! Linda

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  • June 4, 2016 at 5:54 am
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    Hi Linda,
    I really appreciate this article; I am one that likes to think outside the box. Your comment about not throwing away buckets gave me an idea… I have 3 cats; so when I get my litter ( clumping) it comes in a square plastic bucket; roughly 4.5 to 5 gal. And it has its own lid to seal it off; would just need to figure out a “seat” to make it a little more comfortable! And I have a lot I can use!! Thanks for the great idea!
    Carla

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    • June 4, 2016 at 6:01 am
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      Hi Carla, I love hearing you think outside the box! I do too! Now, we need to think about how to make a square toilet seat!!Linda

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  • July 7, 2017 at 9:51 am
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    Great idea! I like the wooden shell built around the bucket to make it more stable. If I may suggest…I would add a package of disposable rubber gloves to your supplies stored in the bucket on the “just for because” plan. Messes can happen–especially when unexpected…

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  • July 13, 2017 at 5:58 pm
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    You could use a 5 gal. bucket and with the wooden box just put a piece of 2×4 in the bottom to raise the bucket up to the proper height.

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    • July 13, 2017 at 6:34 pm
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      Hi, Cathleen, great tip if you have the 5-gallon buckets! The price of the 6-gallon ones is totally out of sight now! Thanks for the awesome tip! Linda

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