Getting Prepared Week 12: Shelter in Place Checklist

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bell1Last week I wrote about the basics required to Shelter in Place.  Since then, I have done a bit of research to insure that I have everything I need to stay put, and stay put safely if the authorities advise that I must shelter in place for a week or two.

But first, grab a cup of coffee then come around to the back door and let’s brainstorm some reasons why we might need to “Shelter in Place”.

Obvious reasons to shelter in place:

Pandemic or threat of pandemic

Terrorist attack





Gas leak

Chemical or Biological contaminants released in the environment

Radiation or threat of radiation

The not so obvious:

Mudslide or debris flow that closes roads


Volcano eruption

Severe weather

Nearby hostage situation


Train derailment and leak of hazardous materials

Bomb or threat of bomb

As you can see, there are many reasons why you may be asked to stay put, some more dangerous than others and some requiring stays of a couple of hours rather than weeks.

The reason I feel this list is important is that you may not consider yourself geographically situated where a potentially dangerous and lethal incident can occur.  Look again.  Many of these situations can happen anywhere and anytime, no matter how remote you may be from earthquake zones and nuclear plants!

You will find some basic instructions for creating a sealed “Shelter in Place” here in last week’s post and also at FEMA’s Ready America website.  Most cities, counties, and states also have information available online that is unique to a specific geographical area.

Today I offer a checklist of items – in addition to your emergency food, water, and first aid kit – that you should put aside for use if you are required to shelter in place.

Survival Woman’s Shelter-In-Place Checklist

2- 4 mil plastic sheeting

Duct tape

Scissors (to cut the plastic sheeting)

Utility knife

First aid kit

Two week supply of non-perishable food

Paper plates and eating utensils

Can opener

Bottled drinking water (your water barrel will not likely be accessible from your safe room)

Flash Light with a hand crank or extra batteries

Baby items (diapers, formula, wipes)

Pet items (food, potty pads, kitty litter, poo bags)

Wind Up/Battery Radio

Phone that does not require power

Cell phone and charger


Extra pair of glasses and/or contact lens & solution

Emergency Phone Numbers

Candles/Camping Lanterns

Lighters and Matches

Garbage bags & ties

Comfort items (toilet paper, personal wipes, Kleenex)

Entertainment items (paperback books, Sudoku, crossword puzzles, playing cards)

Paper, pens, pencils

Emergency telephone numbers

One final word:  Remember, if you are advised to evacuate, grab your get-out-of-dodge bag  (aka bug out bag) and go.  But, if you are not in immediate danger, your best chance of survival is to remain in place and create a safe environment for you and your loved ones.  Keep a radio handy and follow the advice of local officials on the scene.  They are the best source of  information for your particular situation.  Be well and be safe.

Enjoy your next adventure, wherever it takes you!


Backdoor Survival Tip of the Day:  Did you know that the way you store your medicine plays an important part in how effective it is?  The colored bottle protects your medicine from light. Too much light could make your prescription less effective.  Always keep your meds in their original container, tightly closed and sealed away from bathroom humidity.

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