Create an emergency response plan for Sheltering in Place just like you did for our E-Prep #1 Activity in the event of a fire, earthquake, or any other kind of emergency. Include in the plan the steps you will take to protect yourself and your family. Choose a room, or rooms, where you will Shelter-in-Place.
There are six basics you should stock for your home:
- Water - select a Shelter-in-Place room that has access to water or store at least 1 gallon per person per day for 3 days in your Shelter-in-Place room.
- Food - keep a 3 day supply of food for your family in the pantry at all times, or store a 3 day supply of non-perishables in a covered container in your Shelter-in-Place room.
- First aid supplies - including prescription and non-prescription drugs and sanitation supplies. Grab these and take them with you to your Shelter-in-Place room or store them there with your other supplies.
- Clothing and bedding - Grab your Bed Bag/Bug-Out-Bag and take it with you to your Shelter-in-Place room. It should already include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear as well as other important personal necessities and supplies. Keep extra blankets or sleeping bags in your Shelter-in-Place room for warmth as well as sleeping.
- Tools and emergency supplies - Flashlights, extra batteries, emergency radio, at least 2 rolls of duct tape, scissors, plastic sheeting, towels, face masks or wash cloths, Family Disaster Plan notebook with emergency medical and contact information.
- Special items - Remember family members with special requirements, such as infants and elderly or disabled
persons. Don't forget to have books or games on hand to help pass the time and make it more enjoyable for everyone.
If local authorities order you to evacuate, grab your Bug-Out-Bags, 72-hour emergency food container, sleeping bags, tent and any other camping supplies you have time and room to take with you (these items should already be stored in an easily accessible area outside your home in the event of an earthquake, fire or other disaster).
Make a checklist of what needs to be done before, during and after sheltering-in-place, who will do it and where supplies will be stored.
Next, assign tasks. Each person in the family should have a job for which they are capable and responsible. Refer to The Family Council link in the navigation bar to the left in the Family Preparedness Section for suggestions.
Rehearse your Sheltering in Place emergency response plan by incorporating it into your family disaster emergency drill schedule.