Buy Emergency Shelter Equipment • August Prep Challenge #2

Our second prep challenge for August is to buy emergency shelter equipment you need a help you following a disaster. If you like to camp, you’re ahead of the game and probably have some equipment. If not, no worries. Just remember everyone needs camping supplies to sleep outside, at a shelter following a disaster, or in their home. Yes, you can set up a tent inside your home and shelter in place if you need to.

Buy Emergency Shelter Equipment • August Prep Challenge #2

This time of year, you’ll find clearance sales on tents, sleeping bags and the like which is wonderful! You don’t need to become an extreme prepper and have expensive supplies. Just gather the basics over time and learn to keep them together for easy access in case you need to evacuate. The list below is just the basics.

Buy Emergency Shelter Equipment


  • Don’t expect to find Red Cross volunteers waiting with a comfy cot with your name on it when you arrive at an emergency shelter. If possible, be self-sufficient and bring your own tent and other items.
  • A tent should provide privacy, warmth, be waterproof, and lightweight enough for you to carry.
  • After a disaster, you may end up camping at a community center, church, park or field with a lot of other people, so privacy is important.
  • Most of today’s tents are easy to set up. But don’t be afraid to ask for help at a shelter.
  • Find a tent that is large enough for family members, pets, and supplies. You may need two. Read some online reviews.
  • Take time this month to set it up. Make sure it’s the tent you really want.


  • Tarps are extremely useful and can be used under your tent, as a sun or rain shield, or as an emergency outhouse. Find one that will fit under your tent to help with the cold. Hardware stores sometimes have the best ones.


  • Consider the coldest nighttime temperatures where you live and buy a sleeping bag that is rated for those temperatures. If you are too hot, you can always sleep on top of it in the summer. Hopefully yours will come with a bag.
  • If you can’t afford a new one for everyone in your family, gather a few at a time as they come on sale. You usually can share sleeping bags. You may want to add an inflatable pillow as well, or just use some of your clothes for a pillow.


  • Duct tape is especially useful for repairing holes in your tent. Buy a roll and keep it in your tent bag.


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

It may take you a few years to buy emergency shelter equipment. That’s okay. Just do the best that you can.

Best wishes and stay healthy,

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer

NOTES: You are never behind with my prep challenges. Just jump right in with this week. Want to see more prep challenges? Go here. And if you are new, go to my Start Here page. Purchase The Keep it Simple Preparedness Guide for $5 from my Etsy shop. Need more motivation? Follow me on FacebookInstagram, and Pinterest.

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  1. Hey Valerie,

    The button for the printable is showing week 1 Challenge, is week 2 already available? Thank you so much!

    Best regards,


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