Prepare for Resilience
As part of our new mission, we are investing all of our efforts into expanding the Qready initiative. Qready began as a disaster-preparedness packing list specific for the LGBTQ+ community, which you can access below. We are now planning to expand the program to provide multi-scale offerings for individuals, organizations, and disaster professionals to foster the resilience of LGBTQ+ communities, with a focus on the needs of queer and trans Black and Indigenous people of color (QTBIPOC).
This program expansion was developed by Vanessa Raditz through a multi-year fellowship with Out4S, and so we are excited to welcome Vanessa as our official Qready Project Director! Vanessa is also the director of Out4S’ first fiscally-sponsored project: “Fire & Flood: Queer Resilience in the era of Climate Change”. The completion of this project is the first step of our expanded Qready initiative!
The documentary project “Fire & Flood Queer Resilience in the era of Climate Change” tells the story of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the fires in Santa Rosa, California, two-near simultaneous climate-related disasters in the fall of 2017, through the voices of LGBTQ people who lived through them and were part of the community response. The film explores the vulnerability of LGBTQ communities to climate disasters and also lifts up queer and trans strategies for resilience, transition, and survival.
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The #Qready checklist, bent toward the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community, helps you be better prepared for resilience during this era of escalating climate change.
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.
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.
Get a supply of this crucially versatile tool, in your favorite color or print.
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!
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.
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.
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!