Why Flood First Responders Carry Portable Waste Bags When They Answer Emergency Calls

In the aftermath of a storm, there’s no knowing how long response and recovery operations will take. Unfortunately, not everyone may evacuate in time and find themselves stranded because of the flooding. Going house to house in search of people who need help may take days.

Depending on how severe the flood is, navigating the roads could be impossible. Driving during flood conditions is dangerous; two feet of moving water is powerful enough to sweep a car away while six inches of water is enough to stall smaller cars. Crossing a flooded area on foot is just as dangerous, as fast water can quickly sweep you away.

In completely flooded areas, boats may be required to reach homes submerged in water to rescue residents trapped inside. And, because boats can only carry so many people at a time, multiple trips may be required to get everyone to safety.

Even when the water has receded, the work may continue as search and rescue operations may turn into search and recovery, along with medical support, restoration, and cleanup. Because flood response activities could mean long hours or days on call, first responders will inevitably need to use the bathroom.

How Portable Lavatory Systems Help in Time of Crisis

During a flood, treatment plants and sewers overflow and untreated sewage spew its way into the waterways. When human waste contaminates water systems, infectious bacteria such as E. coli, salmonella, tetanus, and Staphylococcus can spread. The last thing anyone should be doing during a flood is contributing to that problem by disposing of their wastes directly in the flood waters.

By packing portable Waste Bags along with the rest of their gear, flood first responders don’t need to worry about finding a running toilet amidst all the chaos.

The Brief Relief Disposa-John Portable Restroom is a triple barrier wag bag designed for liquid and solid waste. All Brief Relief products are designed to withstand travel, making them ideal for first responders on a call. Each bag contains a unique blend of polymers and enzymes deodorize and work to convert the waste into a gel.

Brief Relief Waste Bags are easy to use. You can either use them to line the inside of a commode or on their own. Once done doing your business, seal the bag shut. For added sanitation, each waste bag contains toilet paper and antimicrobial wipe which are also safe to throw in the Wag bag when you’re done.

Because Brief Relief portable lavatory waste bags are durable and puncture-resistant, they can be rolled up and packed away without fear of spillage or leakage. The polymers and enzymes in the product are non-toxic and conform to OSHA and EPA regulations, making them safe to throw out in any garbage receptacle.

Brief Relief products offer sanitary solutions for police, first responders, military, and other professions that may worry about having access to facilities while on an emergency call or duty. Unfortunately, emergencies happen all the time, and you can never tell when the call you’re on is going to end.

Brief Relief’s patented bags come with safe chemicals that treat waste. Brief Relief also offers portable commodes and privacy shelters, providing employees with a private bathroom that can easily pop up and be taken down wherever they need it.

Flood first responders may never come across running toilets on the job, but with Brief Relief’s Portable Lavatory Systems they don’t have to. 

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