Improperly disposed human waste can lead to outbreaks of cholera, dysentery, and other diseases. Tips for a sewer outage:
When instructed, do not use or flush your toilet. Powered sewer lift stations may be out of order, which could lead to a sewage back-up into homes.
Create an emergency toilet by using your toilet bowl or a five-gallon plastic bucket with a tight fitting lid. Line either with a heavy-duty trash bag and use household bleach as a disinfectant. If using your toilet bowl, first turn off the water and flush one time to empty the toilet before lining it with the trash bag.
Use a chemical toilet if one is available.
Do not use kitty litter in your emergency toilet. This cannot be flushed after the sewage system is operational.
Wash hands thoroughly with antibacterial soap and water after handling the emergency toilet.
Once given the OK, dispose of the emergency toilet's contents into your household commode.
Thoroughly sanitize your emergency toilet with bleach before storing and disposing of it.
If you have additional questions concerning restroom facility safety following a natural disaster or emergency situation, please contact the Office of Emergency Management at (203) 854-0238.