Flood Buckets 2018

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Flood Buckets (sometimes known as Cleaning Buckets) are buckets filled with supplies that enable people to begin the overwhelming job of cleaning up after a flood or hurricane.

This is a practical way that individuals can provide relief to the victims of Hurricane Florence.  See below for details.

Please ensure each item listed below is included in your bucket.  Only fully assembled buckets will be accepted. 
5-gallon round bucket with resealable lid (no screw lids)
Buckets from fast-food restaurants or bakeries can be used if washed and cleaned
Do not use buckets that have stored chemicals such as paint or pool cleaner
Advertisements on the outside are acceptable
1 - 32-64 oz. bottle liquid laundry detergent
1 - 16-40 oz. bottle liquid concentrate household cleaner
No spray cleaners
1 - 16-34 oz. bottle dish soap
1 - 4-8 oz. pump spray air freshener
Three solid or three gel freshners also acceptable
1 - 6-14 oz. pump spray insect repellant (pack of 10-20 wipes also acceptable)
Pump spray bottles must have protective covers
1 scrub brush
With or without handle
18 reusable cleaning wipes
No terry, microfiber, or paper towels
Remove from packaging
5 scouring pads sponges
No stainless steel pads with soap in them
Remove from packaging
36-50 clothespins
1 - 50-100 ft. clothesline (cotton or plastic line)
24 roll of heavy-duty trash bags (33-45 gallon sizes)
Remove from the box packaging
5 - N95 particulate respirator dust masks
1-3 mm thickness
No surgical masks
2 pairs kitchen gloves
Durable for multiple uses
Remove from packaging
1 pair work gloves
       Cotton with leather palm or all leather
Flood Buckets: 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 resealable bag.  Secure the lid on the filled bucket.
Important Notes
· Approximate cost of supplies for a flood bucket is $65.
· Consider joining with friends to assemble a flood bucket.
· All items must be new except for the actual bucket and lid.
· All cleaning agents must be liquid form. No powders are accepted.
· If you cannot find the requested size of a liquid item, use a smaller size.  Including larger sizes of any item will prevent the lid from sealing.
· Do not include any personal notes, money, or additional material in the kits.
· Contents of kits should not be imprinted with cartoon characters, advertisements, religious, patriotic, military, or camouflage symbols.
Processing & Shipping Costs:  $3 per bucket.  If you wish to make a contribution for flood buckets and shipping cost, please make your check payable to Front Street UMC with “Flood Buckets” in the memo line.
Hygiene/Health Kits are also needed. 
Click here for a list of materials and assembly instructions.
Drop off your fully assembled bucket(s) or Hygiene Kit(s) in the Welcome Center.


* inspect assembled buckets at FSUMC (once a week) to ensure all necessary items are included.

* deliver assembled buckets to Haw River UMC (Haw River, NC) - dates TBD

To volunteer, please contact Patrick Murphy at Patrick@frontstreetumc.org or call 336.227.6263.


Last Published: October 11, 2018 3:16 PM
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