August 5, 2019

Preparedness Challenge - August Week 1

For the 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 need some equipment too. Check online for some great clearance deals. This list is just the basics. May you never have to use them for an emergency.



1. GATHER EMERGENCY SHELTER EQUIPMENT

TENT
  • Consider getting one that is larger than the number of people and pets in your family. Or if you have a large family, get two smaller tents. This will give you room to store and protect supplies inside the tent with you.
  • Read several reviews from various websites for more accurate ratings.
  • Now is the time to replace your old tent. Rain or snow storms are not fun to experience in a damaged tent.
  • Consider that you may have to stay in your tent for several months. So, get a good tent.
SLEEPING BAG
  • Consider the nighttime temperatures where you live at the coldest times of the year.
TARP(S)
  • This could be used under your tent, as a rain shield over your tent, or as an emergency shelter.
LANTERN(S)
  • Choose one with an LED bulb as it will last longer.
DUCT TAPE
  • Use it to repair holes in your tent, backpack or for other needs. "If it can't be fixed with duct tape, then you're not using enough duct tape."
ROPE
  • A nylon rope is a great back up if one of your tent ropes breaks. Keep one in your tent bag.

Good luck gathering camping gear for your emergency shelter this week.

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer

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