Hurricane Florence Relief

Here is information about how to assemble Flood Buckets for Hurricane Florence Relief. Please note that there are a couple of changes in procedures since this video was made. First, the type of dust mask has been specified as N95 particulate respirator dust mask. Secondly, we are no longer including sponges because of the difficulty in finding the right type of sponge. Third, for each flood bucket, we must include three dollars to cover the costs of shipping and for UMCOR to buy the correct sponges on their end.

The list of supplies for the flood buckets is below the video. We would suggest getting as many of the smaller sized items as possible so that everything will fit.

We will not be sending Hygeine Kits this year (but watch that part of the video anyway since it’s pretty funny).


Cleaning Kit Materials

·         One five-gallon round bucket with re-sealable lid (14.35” h x 12.19” w x 12.19” d)

o    No screw lids

o    May be used, but must be free from all residual product

o    Advertisements on the outside acceptable

·         One 32-64 oz. bottle liquid laundry detergent

·         One 16-40 oz. bottle liquid concentrate household cleaner

o    No spray cleaners

·         One 16-34 oz. bottle dish soap

·         One 4-8 oz. pump spray air freshener (three solid, or three gel fresheners also acceptable)

·         One 6-14 oz. pump spray insect repellent (pack of 10-20 wipes also acceptable)

o    Pump spray bottles must have protective covers

·         One scrub brush

o    With or without handle

·         18 re-usable cleaning wipes

o    No terrycloth, microfiber or paper towels 

o    Remove from packaging

·         Five scouring pads sponges

o    No stainless steel pads with soap in them 

o    Remove from packaging

·         36-50 clothespins

·         One 50-100 ft. clothesline (cotton or plastic line)

·         24 roll of heavy-duty trash bags (33-45 gallon sizes) 

o    Remove from packaging

·         Five N95 particulate respirator dust masks (1-3 mm thickness) 

o    No surgical masks

·         Two pairs kitchen gloves

o    Durable for multiple uses

o    Remove from packaging

·         One pair work gloves

o    Cotton with leather palm or all leather


Assembly Directions

·         Place all liquid items in the bucket first.

·         Place remaining items in the bucket fitting them around and between the liquid items. 

·         Scouring pads and trash bags can be separated in order to fit all of the items in the bucket. 

·         Clothes pins may also be placed in a small re-sealable bag.

·         Secure the lid on the filled bucket. 


Important Notes

·         All items must be new with the exception of the bucket and lid.

·         All cleaning agents must be liquid form. No powders are accepted.

·         If items have been omitted, label bucket. Please indicate which items are missing. 

·         Sponges have been removed from the list of supplies due to the challenge of locating the non-cellulose sponges that prevent mildew. Non-cellulose sponges will be added to each bucket upon arrival at the affiliate warehouse.

·         Do not include any personal notes, money or additional material in the kits. 

·         Contents of kits or the containers of kits should not be imprinted with cartoon characters, advertisements, religious, patriotic, military or camouflage symbols. 


Packing & Shipping Instructions

·         Packed buckets cannot exceed 70 pounds.

·         Complete two packing lists, one for your records and one for the shipping box.

·         Place the shipping label/packing list on the outside of the box.

·         Please send a check to Sager Brown for the total number of buckets times $3 per bucket for the cost of sponges and shipping. One check may be written for the entire donation.