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12 Essentials you Will Need in an Emergency Shelter

Emergencies are always unpredictable. You never know when you will end up into an emergency. So, it is always the best idea to keep ready for your emergency bag. If you are living in an area where floods, earthquakes, and wildfires happen most, then you should always prepare your mind for evacuation. It is always better to be self-sufficient with your emergency stuff. You should not rely on others. Emergency personnel tries to do their best to provide you every necessary thing and make you comfortable in the shelter homes but it is far better if you have your emergency essentials with you.

You will be more comfortable in emergency shelters if you have all the personal stuff with you. So, you should ready your suitcase or a bag all the time with some emergency essentials. If you have ready to go suitcase in your car, you can easily evacuate to the shelter comfortably. You can save you and your loved ones certainly if you can move in a shelter during an emergency quickly. So, it is always a good idea to keep your emergency stuff ready and pack. Now, the question is what are the most important thongs to carry with you during an emergency. The most important 12 essentials which will help you in surviving are written below:

Emergency Bedding:

In the market, there are many brands, selling emergency bedding which includes pillows, sleeping bags, and blanket. If you do not want to buy your emergency bedding, you can bring these things from your own home.

Reclining Lawn Lounger:

In an emergency shelter, it is highly possible that they will not provide you a cot. So, you will need a reclining lawn lounger. You can bring with you a folding chair.


You should pack rubber flip-flops in your suitcase. You cannot go anywhere barefoot. So, bring rubber flip-flops with you. Keep in mind pack 3 0r 4 pairs of flip-flops according to the shoe size of your family members.

Towels and Bathrobes:

You will need towels and bathrobes, as you will have to stay in shelters for 3 or more than 3 days. Keep washcloths with you.

Toilet paper and Paper Towels:

In an emergency shelter, you will need toilet papers. You need to bring a full roll or an entire package of toilet roll. Bring paper towels with you if you have kids in your family.


Medicines are the most important thing you need to bring with you. If you have a serious patient in your families like diabetes or heart patient, you need to bring their medicines must. Else, you need to pack pain killers, aspirin and a first-aid kit in your suitcase.

Earplugs and Eye-Mask:

Usually, in emergency shelters, the light is always on. So, you need to bring eye-masks for you and family members. Also, earplugs are important for you to bring.

Solar Cell Phone Charger:

 Solar chargers are the most important things to keep your cell phones on.


Keep emergency radio with you so can hear news all the time.


Pack torch lights in your bags and new cells for your torch.

Dehydrated meals:

Bring readymade meals with you. Buy dehydrated meals for any emergency.


Do not leave your pets behind. Bring your pets and their supplies with you.


Author: Desmond Headrick

Won several awards for buying and selling puppets in Deltona, FL. Spent a weekend creating marketing channels for robots in Nigeria. My current pet project is creating marketing channels for carp on Wall Street. A real dynamo when it comes to selling carnival rides in Hanford, CA

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