Buy Emergency Shelter Equipment • August Prep Challenge #2

Our second prep challenge for August is to buy emergency shelter equipment you need to help you Our second prep challenge for August is to buy emergency shelter equipment. 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. You can set up a tent inside your home and shelter in place if needed. This is the time of year, you’ll find sales on tents and sleeping bags which is wonderful! Over time, gather the basics and keep them together in case you need to evacuate.

Buy Emergency Shelter Equipment • August Prep Challenge #2

Buy Emergency Shelter Equipment


Don’t expect 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. Find a tent that is large enough for family members, pets, and supplies. You may need two. Read some online reviews. Make sure it’s the tent you really want. Take time this month to set it up.
  • After a disaster, you may end up camping in a parking lot or field. Most of today’s tents are easy to set up, but don’t be afraid to ask for help at an emergency shelter.


  • 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 sleeping bag for everyone, gather a few at a time as they come on sale. You usually can share sleeping bags too. You may want to get an inflatable pillow, or just use some of your clothes for a pillow.


  • 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.


  • Duct tape is useful for repairing holes in your tent and a nylon rope is a great back up if one of your tent ropes breaks. Keep these items in your tent bag.

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

Best wishes and stay healthy,

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer

Purchase my food storage and emergency preparedness items in my Etsy shop.

5 thoughts

  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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