If you can remain at your home during a disaster your all set, but if you need to leave you’ll need at least basic shelter such as a tent, a vehicle to sleep in, else house to head to or an emergence shelter.
A emergency shelter is a place for you and your family to live temporarily when they cannot live in their previous residence. The main difference is that an emergency shelter typically specializes in people fleeing a specific type of situation, such as natural or man-made disasters. Often during an emergence these type of shelters fill up very fast, It is still a good idea to know where the emergence shelters in your area are located. Red Cross Disaster Shelter locator
In the case you have to leave your home you will want to have a plan, where to go, what shelter do you need and local climate and weather will play a large part in what gear you should have ready. Also how are you traveling, In the recent past we have seen evacuations that have virtually shut down the interstate in the area, so have more than one route planned to leave the area. You may want to get a light weight tent and sleeping bags in case you will have to travel on foot. Take a look at our Bug Out page, there is more about leaving home in a hurry and being ready to travel there.