The Shemagh (pronounced “Schmog”) originated in the Middle East to protect the inhabitants from dust and sun. It is approximately 42″ x 42″. The Shemagh has been adopted by military forces all over the world as a standard issue garment because of its sheer functionality.
The every day uses, and uses during a stressful situation, such as a natural disaster, would be invaluable. If any particulates remain in the air following an earthquake, building collapse, fire, etc. and you do not have a mask (I’d bet you won’t) you will have the face and head protection. If you find yourself without adequate shelter in the cold, the shemagh could provide additional insulation.