Since hurricane season is now on us and we are to be preparing our kits for emergencies; I thought I would add this item to your list. TARPS
During Hurricane IKE the flat roof on our apartment peeled back and rain started to leak in. But instead of just one room getting wet it filled up the air spaces and then started flowing to the back of the house coming out of every light switch, socket plate, door jam and lighting fixture on both floors of the apartment. We had just moved in and part of our stuff was in storage so we were stuck! It would have been nice to have had a few cinder blocks and and some waterproof tarps/plastic sheets to have put over stuff.
Even if you are on the ground floor the water may come through two or three floors above you so you need to be ready. What can you or would you be able to stack stuff on to keep your belongings dry? What piece of furniture would you sacrifice to keep other things dry?
Possibilites: Card tables, paint cans and buckets, metal chairs, plastic garbage cans, ice chests and wash machines and dryers.
This is the time to think about rising water and water coming through your roof and what you would do. As a side note here we also have had a water pipe in the ceiling break and have had to do the same type of things for it. The furniture sliders (plastic plates) were a life saver here; we moved dressers out of harms way in just seconds.