Emergency Shelter Supplies & Staffing Tips

Here’s a list of ideas on things to have in your shelter, People skills needed, & other misc things:

People:

Doctors
Vets
Police
Fire
Security
CERT – Community Emergency Response Team
NERT – Neighborhood Emergency Response Team
HAMS
ARRL – American Radio Relay League
Ham Radio Club
Red Cross
Salvation Army
EOC – Emergency Operations Center
Chaplain
Listos – Latino Organization
Minister – Catholic, Christian, Baptist, Protestant, Buddhism, Islam, Sikhism, Bahai, Chinese traditional religion, Hinduism, etc.
Lot’s Of Volunteers

People Skills:

Security
First Aid
Leadership
Management skills
Ham Radio Operators
Food Preparation Certification
Caring
CPR
Bilingual / Interpreter – English, Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, Italian, French, Sign Language, Etc.
Tape Language Spoke On Shirt
Cards With Pictures That Show What you Need – For People That Sneak Your Language. Eg. Food, Water, Toilet, Help, Clothes, Shower, etc.
Animal Experience – Large Animals, Small Animals, Exotics, Dogs, Cats, Snakes, Horses, Cows,
Take Initiative & Talk To People – People Sometimes Are Afraid Or Too Proud To Ask For Help Or Things They Need.

Shelter Supplies:

First Aid Supplies
Large Shelter
Large Parking Lot
Semi Truck With Showers, Bathrooms, Washing Machine & Dryer
Bathrooms / Portapottys
Cots
Latex Gloves
Chlorine Bleach
Portable Generator
Gas Stove & Propane
Knife
Rope
Brooms / Mops
Tents – Use Duct Tape To Put Name On Tents Or Cots
Yoga Mats For Tents
Hat
Whistle
FRS Radio
GMRS Radio
MURS Radio
Ham Radios
Lot’s Of Power Strips
USB Chargers
Battery Chargers
Cell Phone Chargers & Cables
Computers & Printers
Cellular on wheels COWS – AT&T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, Sprint, Boost Mobile, Metro PCS, Etc.
If Internet Access – Mobile WIFI Repeaters
Color Coded Clothing For Shelter Volunteers
Color Coded Clothing For People In Charge
Colors Change Each Day – Simple As A Piece Of Tape
Ham Radio Repeater
Clipboards
Tables
Chairs
Games – Things for people to do, Cards, Board Games, Etc.
Dry Erase Boards & Markers
Yellow Caution Tape
Notepads
Pens, Pencils, Markers
Duct Tape
Various Different Colors Of Tape
Scotch Tape
Coffee & Coffee Pot
Bread
Peanut Butter
Jelly
Water
Paper Plates, Cups & Eating Utensils
Zip Ties
Large Construction Paper – Tell People Where To Go And What Each Station Does

Things For Animals:

Cages for animals
Corals for large animals
Food for animals
Water for animals
Food/water dishes
Blankets
Toys
Leash
Collar
Photo Of Animal If Possible

Items Needed For Donations:

#1 ITEM VISA GIFT CARDS
SOCKS ARE IN HIGH DEMAND
UNDERWEAR IS IN HIGH DEMAND
BRAS ARE IN HIGH DEMAND

Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Mouthwash
Backpacks For Victims To Store Stuff
Water
Clothes – Only High Quality & Clean
Pants, Shirts, Jackets
Yoga Mats
CLEAN Pillows
Blankets
Children’s Diapers – Multi Sizes
Adult Diapers – Multi Sizes
Aspirin
Kids Toys
Baby Wipes
Shower Towels
Paper Towels
Toilet Paper
Gas Cards
Soap / Shampoo / Deodorant (Small Bottles)
Shoes
Sleeping Bags
Hair Brush
Razor
Tweezers
Laundry Detergent
Books
Formula
Rice, Pasta, Snacks, Canned Food
Nail Clippers
Local Map
N95 Mask
Batteries
Dental Floss
Can Opener
Flashlight
Solar Cell Phone Charger
Flip Flops – Don’t spread Feet Germs
Bibles
Zip Lock Bags
Garbage Bags
5 Gallon Solar Water Shower Bags
Gloves
Chapstick
Lotion
Sunblock
Pajamas
Bus Passes / Bart Cards
Pads & Tampons

Network With Businesses In Area To Mass Feed

Starbucks
McDonalds
Google Kitchens
Local Restaurants
Salvation Army
Soup Kitchens
Homeless Shelters
Churches
Corporations That Have Large On Site Kitchens

Volunteers – Personal Items To Bring

Lockable Backpack
FOOD: Rocks Star / Caffeine, Protein Bars, Water
Personal Care items – Razor, Soap, Shampoo, Comb/Brush, Cash, Credit Cards, Drivers License, ID, Pillow, Blanket, Tent, Yoga Mat, Keys, Cell Phone (Probably Won’t work),
Language Translate Apps – That Don’t Need The Internet To Work.
Extra Socks,, Bras & Underwear
Comfortable Shoes
Hand Sanitizer
Clothes – Pants, Shirt, Jackets, Raincoat
Medication – Prescriptions, Aspirin
Glasses – Sunglasses
Gloves, Chapstick, Sunblock, Ear Plugs, Lotion
Any Agency Badge or Special Clothing – CERT, Fire, Police

Look Around – Sometimes You Can Hop Into A Hotel, College Or Health Club & Get A Shower & Use The Toilet.

Please don’t just show up to a disaster. Find an organization to work with like Red Cross, CERT, Salvation Army, etc. first. Don’t be part of the problem!

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