Preparedness Challenge: August Week 1

For our first August preparedness challenge, we’ll gather emergency shelter equipment (aka camping gear) and store it where we can access it. If you like to camp, you’re ahead of the game. If you don’t camp, you really need some shelter equipment in case you have to leave your home after a disaster. Right now, there are some great clearance deals on tents, sleeping bags and the like. This list is only the basics as I’m sure some of you have more. My hope is you will never have to use them for an emergency.



  • Now is a good time to replace your old, leaky tent. 
  • Get a tent that is large enough for family members, pets and supplies. You may need two.
  • Read several tent reviews to find something suitable for your family.
  • After a major disaster, you may have to stay in your tent for several months, so buy a good one.


  • Consider the nighttime temperatures where you live at the coldest times of the year and get a sleeping bag that is suitable.


  • Tarps are extremely useful and can be used under your tent, as a sun or rain shield, or as an emergency shelter. 


  • Choose one with an LED bulb so it will last longer.


  • Duct tape has many uses. It can be used to repair holes in your tent or backpack.


  • A nylon rope is a great back up if one of your tent ropes breaks. Keep it in your tent bag.

Sometimes it takes several years to gather equipment, and that’s okay. Just do the best that you can.

Valerie Albrechtsen
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