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The #Qready checklist, bent toward the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community, helps you be better prepared for a worst-case scenario disaster.

WATER (3-days worth)

Water is crucial in your life; for drinking, washing, and all other uses we take for granted. In a disaster, the water might be contaminated or shut off entirely. Ready.gov recommends that you have at least one gallon of water per person, per day, for at least three days.

FIRST AID KIT & MEDICINE

Your medical needs are important. If possible, have a few days or a week of extra medicine. If you need glasses, an extra old pair will be useful. Be sure to have a first aid kit on hand as well.

PET SUPPLIES

Have an extra leash, food and other necessary items to care for our non-human friends – They will need your help more than ever during a disaster scenario.

DUCT TAPE

Get a supply of this crucially versatile tool, in your favorite color or print.

ADJUSTABLE WRENCH

This will make you feel cool (even if you never use it), and you’ll be able to shut off gas or water pipes, but please hand this to someone who knows what they’re doing if you don’t!

MAP

Be sure to mark down where you live, with LGBTQ-friendly spaces circled and meeting points marked.

FOOD (3-days worth)

You should have at least a three-day supply of nonperishable food with a can opener and compostable bowls/utensils. Stuff you don’t have to cook is ideal. Be sure to share and get things you will want to eat so you don’t end up stressed out eating creamed corn in the dark.

RADIO & FLASHLIGHT

Be sure to have extra batteries, because you’ll need to see in the dark and will want updates or entertainment.

RAINBOW FLAG

Pack a rainbow bandana or other small queer flag to find friends, make new ones, or simply for fashion!

SANITIZER, BABY WIPES & DUST MASKS

Having extras of these will help take care of any mess.

SAFER SEX STUFF

Bring items such as condoms, lube, dental dams, latex gloves, sex toys, and an imagination. Nothing else passes time or eases anxiety more effectively.

CUTE BACKPACK

Be sure to have a small backpack or bag ready to hold all the smaller items. This should be kept with your extra food and water!

LGBTQ disaster tips:

  • MAKE A PLAN. Designate a meeting place for you and your chosen family, repeat and visit it often. Your phone will probably not work and it may take people hours to get there, but be patient. Safety happens best in numbers, especially for LGBTQ people.
  • USE BATHROOMS TOGETHER!
  • Bring a RAINBOW or other community flag, so friends and new ones can find you.
  • FIRST RESPONDERS may not know much about sexual orientation or gender identity. Disclose important information such as your pronouns, partner status, health concerns or other needs to a person you can trust.
  • HELP and be an ALLY if you’re able. Contrary to what you’ve been told, people come together during disasters. Be inclusive and step up if something isn’t right.
  • Try to EVACUATE to a safer place, travel in groups, share resources and consider coordinating with an LGBTQ center. Come out only in situations you feel comfortable.
  • Keep important DOCUMENTS handy as paper copies and digital versions in your email, these should include information on your relationship to any children, partners, citizenship, gender identity and health.
  • Pack something ENTERTAINING because it’s likely you won’t have internet access or the ability to move around. Consider using the checklist items for a consensual disaster roleplay, and a deck of cards never hurts.
  • HOST A KIT MAKING PARTY! Buying in bulk is cheaper and themed gatherings are fun. Use the #Qready checklist as your guide, and add to it as you get inspired!
  • HAVE HOPE!! Remember that rainbows follow storms. Be fabulous, aware, and keep hope alive for you and others around you.

Why create a guide for LGBTQ people?

Unfortunately, we don’t always know what’s going to happen where we live. Although that’s a scary thought since the world seems unsafe enough, it’s better that we’re prepared and ready for when the unthinkable happens. While we are all human, LGBTQ people are diverse and deserve resources, care, and safety inclusive of their needs. This is a starting point, so you and your community know that everyone can get through a disaster safely and with dignity.

Want to know more?

Consult local and national resources for more regional lists or visit ready.gov.