Clothing becomes very important during an emergency if you
need to leave the comfortable environment of your own home, or
if the comfortable environment of your own home suddenly is not
quite so comfortable.
One important concept to know is that you should always plan
to dress in layers. By so doing, you will have options to add
or remove clothing layers as needed. Remember, the outer layer
will need to have some water resistance capabilities.
Consider the following ideas on Clothing as it pertains to
Suit - This is not really for pleasure as
much as for safety in case you need to make a water escape
or rescue. Also, consider that you may need to bathe in
public places, maybe even a lake or the
- Coats -
There are many kinds of coats. Be sure to have something
that is water resistant on the outside. Consider the
- Windbreaker - These are nice for an outer layer
that provides simple protection from wind and
- Heavy coat - This is good in a blizzard and is
usually accompanied with a scarf, gloves and a hat
- Raincoat - These are long and can tend to get
in the way if you need to do any real work.
However, the longer they are, the more they keep
- Diapers -
Don't forget the little guys. Also beware that babies
grow up overnight and their diaper sizes change along
the way, so keep your supply current.
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- Handkerchiefs - If you use these,
- Hat -
Make sure you have seasonal hats to help you remain
comfortable outdoors. Consider the following kinds of
- Insect Repellent
- Wide Brim
Netting - If you get caught outdoors
during mosquito season, this can help, especially if
you need to sleep outdoors. Mosquitoes are not just a
nuisance, they can be deadly. And the ones that carry
West Nile Virus don't come out until after
dark. This netting is lightweight,
inexpensive and stores well. Get some.
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- Pajamas -
You just might be bedding down in a shelter with hundreds
of other evacuees. Even if you sleep in a tent in the dead
of winter you will do best if you can strip down and climb
into some PJs.
- Consider the following kinds of pants that may
help you during an emergency:
- Jeans - Try to store some with no holes in
them. Make sure they still fit by checking often,
especially for growing kids. Don't forget a belt.
It has a lot of value in holding equipment like
canteens and knives.
- Sweatpants - These have some value, but in a
moist situation, they can become quite heavy and
burdensome. However, they are valuable as a layer
below the jeans.
- Shorts - If you want, store some. However,
remember that while exposed to the elements, it is
not a picnic and your legs should be fully
- Robe -
See pajamas above.
- Socks -
The main socks to store are cotton/poly blends and
- Shirts -
There are T-shirts and button up shirts that could be
valuable. Even though it may sound hot, you probably would
choose long sleeve over short sleeve. Some thoughts on
- You can always roll the sleeves up or cut them
- If you need long sleeves and don't have them,
they are hard to add
- Even in hot (115 degree) weather if you look at
the farmers and landscapers working in the heat,
they will have long sleeved shirts on. That is
because they know that keeping the sun off their
bodies, keeps them cooler.
- Sweatshirts - To facilitate
dressing in layers, make sure your sweatshirts are large
enough to go over other layers. Big is better. There are
several kinds of sweatshirts as follows:
- Hooded - Today these are in style even
in summer. Having an attached hood during an
emergency can be a huge advantage. If it has a
place for a drawstring, make sure one is
- Zippered - These allow for some air reach the
chest if you leave it only partially zipped.
However, you run the risk of zipper failure
at an inopportune time.
- Pullover - These are very versatile and can be
- Towels -
Make sure you have some towels stored.
- Underclothes - These are
personal, so we will only mention that you should
store some unmentionables.