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How to Use Old Curtains for Emergency Preparedness

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There have been many times in the past when I’ve taken down old curtains and had no idea what to do with them, especially since some really weren’t worn out. I wanted to share how to use old curtains for emergency preparedness. You may have never thought that they could be used in so many other ways, but they can be.

How to Use Old Curtains for Emergency Preparedness

How to Use Old Curtains for Emergency Preparedness

Can any type of curtain be used for emergency prep?

Yes, you can use various types of curtains and fabrics for emergency preparation.

Improvised Shelter

One of the primary uses for old curtains in emergency preparedness is creating improvised shelters. Whether you find yourself stranded outdoors or facing a sudden evacuation, curtains can be transformed into temporary shelters.

Simply attach the curtains to trees or other sturdy structures using cords, ropes, and even duct tape for small shelters to provide protection from the elements like a winter storm. The thick fabric of many curtain varieties can offer insulation, shielding you from extreme temperatures and providing a sense of privacy. What to Use for Insulation to Stay Warm If you have to evacuate your home but still need to “shelter-in-place” on your own property, some curtains may make the difference for safety and some limited comfort.

When it comes to being an effective prepper we need to consider all the resources we have available and put to use those that make sense for each situation.

Privacy and Security

During emergencies, maintaining privacy and security becomes increasingly important. Old curtains can be repurposed to create makeshift curtains or room dividers, allowing you to section off areas and maintain privacy in communal spaces.

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This becomes especially useful if you’re sheltering with others in a confined space, such as a community center or emergency shelter. 20 Ways to Step Up Security Measures Around Your Property

Insulation and Temperature Control

When faced with extreme weather conditions during an emergency, maintaining a comfortable temperature within your shelter is essential. Old curtains can help insulate your living space, reducing heat loss during colder months and minimizing heat gain in hotter climates.

Hang curtains over doors and windows to create a barrier against drafts, conserving energy and keeping your living area more comfortable. What to Use for Insulation to Stay Warm

Garden Protection

In times of crisis, growing your own food becomes increasingly important. Old curtains can be repurposed as protective covers for garden beds or individual plants.

They can serve as a barrier against pests, extreme temperatures, or hail, helping to ensure the survival and productivity of your crops. 12 Budget-Friendly Beautiful Garden Tips

Pet Supplies

If you have pets, it’s essential to consider their needs during emergencies. Old curtains can be repurposed to make bedding or blankets for your furry companions.

They can be used to create temporary pet enclosures or carriers, providing a safe and secure space for your pets during evacuation or transportation. What to do With Your Pets in an Emergency

Noise Reduction

During emergencies, noise can be overwhelming and stressful. Old curtains can be used to dampen sound and create a quieter environment.

Hang curtains on walls or cover windows to reduce noise pollution from outside sources, providing a more comfortable and peaceful living space. What To Do With Old Sandbags

Water Filtration

Clean drinking water is essential during emergencies. Old curtains can be used as a filtering agent to remove sediment and impurities from water sources. Cut the curtains into small squares or strips and use them as a pre-filter to remove larger particles before boiling or using a water purification method.

This can help improve the quality of water and make it safer for consumption. Water Storage: How Much Do You Really Need?

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Fabric Shower Curtains

How long can curtains last in emergency situations?

The lifespan of curtains used for emergency preparation depends on various factors such as the quality of the fabric, how they are stored, and the specific use. It’s advisable to regularly check and replace curtains if they become damaged or deteriorate over time.

Are there any safety considerations when using curtains for emergencies?

When repurposing curtains for emergency use, ensure that they are free from mold, mildew, or other contaminants. Also, be cautious of fire hazards if using curtains near open flames or heating sources. Regularly inspect and maintain the condition of the curtains to ensure their effectiveness. No matter what the emergency use, plan to wash them from time to time. Food Safety Tips During an Emergency

Types of Curtains Available

  • Fire-resistant curtains: These curtains are designed to resist flames and can be used as a barrier to prevent the spread of fire. They are typically made from fire-resistant materials and may have fire ratings.
  • Smoke curtains: Smoke curtains are used to contain or control the movement of smoke within a building during a fire. They can help to improve visibility and limit smoke inhalation.
  • Disposable curtains: Disposable curtains are often used in healthcare settings, such as hospitals, where infection control is crucial. These curtains are made to be easily disposable and can help prevent the spread of pathogens.
  • Soundproof curtains: Although primarily used for noise reduction, soundproof curtains can also provide privacy and insulation during emergencies, especially in communal or shared spaces.
  • Thermal curtains: Thermal curtains are designed to provide insulation by blocking out drafts and retaining heat. They can help regulate temperature in emergency shelter areas.

Final Word

Those old curtains for emergency preparedness won’t cost you a thing because you can easily follow these tips! Using what you have not only saves you money but really helps you to get creative! I don’t like it when people say you need a lot of money to prep because this isn’t true. There are so many do-it-yourself (DIY) projects available on the Internet. Do a Google search, you’ll be amazed! If you have other suggestions for putting old curtain to use in an emergency please let me know in the comments section below. May God Bless this World, Linda

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18 Comments

  1. Thank you for your regular and very helpful posts. They offer so many ideas, and they stimulate individual thinking and creativity. Especially valuable is your reference to our dependence upon Almighty God. May He continue to bless your labour for Him!
    “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”-John 3:16

  2. Oh and don’t forget shower curtains – both the plastic for ground covers and decorative (or cloth) for privacy. They are typically larger than regular window curtains. They are also generally less expensive than quality window curtains. I have one I modified for a window curtain by adding tabs to hang them.

    Another suggestion for the use of curtains in an emergency – If the power is out and you have no idea when it will be restored, curtains can easily be hung between rooms to help retain heat in one area. I have a bin I keep old curtains in along with a couple of tension rods that fit common sized doorways. I keep some command hooks/strips in that bin also. Rope would be a good thing to have in the bin – better get some right away!!

      1. I have several plastic (the heavy kind as well as the dollar store variety) in my preps. The lightweight shower curtains also make great paint cloths – a bit heavier duty than the really lightweight plastic paint protectors.

        I also have used the decorative shower curtains for window curtains as well!! Sometimes they are less expensive than regular curtains. I just cut them half way and stitch in a hem on the cut edges and use decorative shower curtain hangars on a curtain rod.

        1. Hi Leanne, great tip on the shower curtains! I have purchased a shower curtain or two to use as tablecloth, I just cut the end off with hook holes and sewed it to make the edge match the other end. Linda

  3. Thank you for this article, Linda. I just had to bring a whole bunch of curtains to Salvation Army because no one I knew needed any. Now I wish I’d kept a few. Living in Florida, we never know when we might have to evacuate. Thanks for these great suggestions for keeping things out of the landfills.

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