Five Disaster Preparedness Tips for Your RV

Derrek Sigler
by Derrek Sigler
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With hurricanes and massive fires in the news, and thousands of people affected by these disasters, it may come to be that you have to evacuate your home and flee. If you have an RV, you already have a home-away-from-home that you can use to provide shelter for your family if disaster strikes.

There are a few things you can do to be ready in the event of an evacuation that will not only make your life easier while you’re waiting to return home, but also make getting back to a normal life upon that return easier to do.

Get a Generator

You may already have one for camping. They do tend to make life a bit easier in the woods. If you don’t, get yourself a decent generator that can run a large appliance or two. You don’t need one that will power the whole house, just one big enough to keep you afloat until the power and other utilities can be restored. Make sure the generator is a decent brand that you can trust, too. You don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars only to have it fail at the wrong time. Keep fuel and oil on hand to keep it running, too.

Look for a new generator here.

Have a Chainsaw

Not only is a chainsaw a great thing to have in the RV for cutting firewood, it can also be a lifesaver when trying to navigate roads with downed trees laying across them. If you’ve never used a chainsaw, learn from an expert before you even buy one. Most good dealerships will do that, though. You don’t have to buy the biggest saw, or even a gas-powered one. Some of the battery-powered saws works amazingly well, and you already have a generator to charge the battery back up.

Shop for a chainsaw here.

Food and Water


It is always a good idea to have several days worth of food and water for a bad situation. If you keep your RV prepped for camping, you may already have several days worth of no-perishable provisions stashed on board.

Copies of Your Important Documents


A professional in the insurance industry said that it makes everything easier in the end if you have all of your information readily available should claims need to be made. Her advice was to make copies ov all of your important insurance information, along with lists of valuables, firearms and more. This includes important documents like birth certificates, too. You don’t necessarily need to keep these papers in your RV all the time, but have them accessible to grab in a hurry.

Basic Tools

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It seems so simple, as you should already have a basic toolkit in your RV. But if not, put one there. You’re bound to be under tremendous stress as it is; if something comes up, have the tools needed to fix the small problems with ease, so that you don’t get overwhelmed by the bigger problems. Remember, always be prepared, even for the unexpected disaster.

You can find an assortment of tool kits here.