One Year to Be Prepared: Month 11 Checklist

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There is a difference between Shelter in Place and Shelter at Home.

Shelter in Home means to stay inside your house with windows and doors closed and locked until further notice.

Shelter in Place is used for emergencies due to a chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear event, and means gathering all necessary items in a shelter, such as an internal room (preferably one with sealed doors, no windows, and disabled central heating/air conditioning), and staying put until further notice.

Supplies to Shelter in Place


  • Cell phone, computer, and chargers
  • NOAA radio with AM/FM radio
  • Pen and paper

Emergency Equipment

  • Fire extinguisher
  • Blankets and sleeping bags
  • Trash bags
  • Commonly-used tools
  • Hand-crank flashlights or glow sticks
  • Duct tape, plastic sheeting (pre-measured for doors and windows), and a towel to put under the door

Water and Food

  • One gallon of water per person/pet per day
  • Food for each person for several days
  • Pet food and litter box

First Aid

  • First aid kit with instructions
  • Goggles and eye drops
  • Extra prescription medication

Sanitary Supplies

  • Two-bucket system or portable chemical toilet, as well as toilet paper
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Latex gloves
  • Paper towels/rags
  • Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes


  • Download useful emergency notification apps on your cell phone to stay informed about weather, and about local, state, and federal emergencies.
  • Make a plan for sheltering in place.

Train or Be Trained

  • Take “Stop the Bleed” training (go to for more info).
  • Practice your CPR and First Aid skills.

Supplies – Gather or Purchase

  • Review your Shelter in Place needs, and gather or purchase any items you’re missing.
  • Add water and food for an additional three days to your kits.
  • Consider purchasing some of the “emergency foods” that have a very long shelf life, such as Meals Ready to Eat (MREs), food ration bars, or any other items that you might find by searching “emergency food” online. Preferably, these foods would have a shelf life of 5 – 25 (or more) years.