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Press Release: Brief Relief Personal Lavatory Systems Utilized to Aid Hurricane Relief Workers and Address Health Hazards from Human Waste

In storms’ aftermath, portable, landfill-safe disposable bathroom solutions give utility workers, first responders and volunteer organizations access to hygienic sanitation facilities that contain waste.


ESCONDIDO, Calif. – Lack of access to functioning bathroom facilities in areas affected by the most recent hurricanes poses a serious threat to human health as the accumulation of human feces mounts. To help prevent bacteria-laden waste from spreading disease among residents and those helping with the relief and recovery efforts in the impacted communities, disposable toilet and portable lavatory systems that capture waste and are EPA-approved for landfills, like those manufactured by Brief Relief, are recommended to assist workers.


When human waste contaminates water systems, infectious bacteria such as E. coli, staphylococcus, salmonella and tetanus can spread by consumption or skin contamination and cause widespread and debilitating illnesses among populations.


“In areas hit by the recent hurricanes, there are many communities where adequate restrooms or portable facilities are not available for residents and those who have come to support them,” said Pete Lindemann, Brief Relief’s national sales manager. “We’re proud to aid in the efforts to keep everyone safe by providing access to sanitary facilities that also eliminate the environmental risks posed by the disposal of human waste outdoors.”


Brief Relief donated a range of supplies to Sprint to provide workers clean and safe sanitation systems while working to get much-needed service back up and running in the areas hardest hit by disruptions to communications networks, including:


  • Brief Relief Disposable Urine Bag, a single-use, funnel-design bag for liquid waste, containing a patented blend of polymers and enzymes that convert urine into a deodorized gel that can be disposed of safely in any garbage container.
  • The Commode, a sturdy, five-gallon base with full-size soft foam toilet seat that sets up instantly for emergency situations and comes with an optional riser for additional height.
  • Disposa-John Portable Restroom, which is designed for both liquid and solid waste, using a bag-in-bag design that seals in waste and odor while the enzymes and polymers work to break it down and convert it into a deodorized gel. The Disposa-John bags are to be used with Brief Relief’s Commodes.
  • Privacy Shelter, a large, sound-reducing enclosure for the Commode that can be easily transported in a carry case and set up by a single person.

In addition to its field restroom solutions, Brief Relief also provides other products designed to assist in emergency situations, including the Fluid Tactical Electrolyte Drink Mix, which provides those exposed to dehydration and heat stress with needed sodium and a balance of minerals such as calcium and magnesium to prevent cramps while working, and the Heat Relief towels that provide cooling relief.
“We are so grateful for the supplies we received from Brief Relief,” said Tanya Lin-Jones, a network engineering manager at Sprint who has responsibility for the Sprint Emergency Response Team (ERT). “They have been invaluable in helping our teams work as quickly and safely as possible to keep customers and emergency personnel connected across those regions impacted by the hurricanes.”


To help with sanitation and reduce the spread of disease, Brief Relief is offering free shipping of its products to all hurricane-affected areas in the continental United States through the end of September. Brief Relief products can be purchased online at For more information about Brief Relief solutions, visit


About Brief Relief

Brief Relief disposable toilets and portable lavatory systems keep teams in the field and out of the public eye when nature calls. Besides being safe, convenient and sanitary options for men and women, using the products can help workers avoid being seen doing an act of “indecent exposure” by the public, cell phone cameras and news crews. The personal cooling systems and hydration products help keep crews safe and comfortable in even the most stressful conditions. To learn more, visit


About Sprint

Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served 53.7 million connections as of June 30, 2017, and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands, including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the past five years. You can learn more by visiting Sprint at or