30 Tips For Sheltering In Place

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Take these tips for sheltering in place so you can take the necessary actions for effective emergency management and survival!

In this article:

  1. How to Shelter in Place at Work, at Home, or in Your Vehicle
  2. Check Your Home Emergency Kit
  3. Include Documents in Your Emergency Kit
  4. Choose a Safe Room
  5. Prepare a Safe Place for Your Pets
  6. Check for Warning Systems
  7. Prepare a Family Emergency Plan
  8. Stockpile Adequate Supplies for You and Your Family
  9. Stockpile Bathroom Tissue
  10. Buy Extra Medical Supplies
  11. Invest in Solar Lanterns
  12. Have a Store-a-Potty Ready
  13. Form a Personal Support Network
  14. Prepare an Evacuation Plan
  15. Close the Business or Worksite
  16. Close and Activate the School’s Emergency Plan
  17. Stay in Your Vehicle
  18. Follow Protective Actions and Protective Actions Guides
  19. Seal Doors, Windows, and Air Vents with Plastic Sheeting
  20. Turn Off Cooling, Heating, and Ventilation Systems
  21. Play the Game of Monkey See Monkey Do
  22. Run-Hide-Fight
  23. Convert a Regular Wet/Dry Vacuum into an Air Filter
  24. Wear an N95 Respirator Mask
  25. Stay Off the Phone Unless It Is Completely Necessary
  26. Track Local TV and Radio Stations
  27. Prevent Boredom and Cabin Fever
  28. Once Given the “All Clear” Signal
  29. Evacuating After the “All Clear” Signal
  30. Report to the Evacuation Reception and Care Center

Safety Tips and Guidelines for Sheltering in Place

What is sheltering in place? It is a short-term solution to address a chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threat where individuals seek shelter inside a nearby enclosed structure. The goal is to keep all contaminated outside air from seeping inside.

1. How to Shelter in Place at Work, at Home, or in Your Vehicle

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You can be almost anywhere when the local authorities sound the alarm. Thus, it is best that you are knowledgeable enough to handle such a situation wherever you may be. Learn how to shelter in place wherever you find yourself whether at home or outside with this guide.

2. Check Your Home Emergency Kit

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Deluxe Home Emergency Kit Photo by The Perfect Prepper

Other than the basics, your home emergency kit should contain pet food, OTC meds for your members with prescription needs, water purification tablets, anti-nuclear radiation potassium iodide tablets, and an ABC rated Fire Extinguisher, just to name a few.

3. Include Documents in Your Emergency Kit

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Important documents like medical and immunization records, insurance cards, spare keys, extra cash, and a map are essential elements that should be part of your emergency kit. Most especially if you have a family member with serious/on-going medical conditions.

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4. Choose a Safe Room

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If you can’t have a standard safe room installed, choosing a particular room in your home with the fewest or no windows at all is the next best thing. A master bedroom is an ideal location for a safe room.

5. Prepare a Safe Place for Your Pets

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Prepare a Safe Place for Your Pets Photo by Instructables

Make sure the safe place is pet-friendly. Get rid of any plants or toxic chemicals. Block places where your pets might get stuck in if they get frightened like vents or underneath heavy furniture.

6. Check for Warning Systems

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Outdoor Warning Siren Photo by WYMT

It is important to know whether you can see and hear the warning systems in your locality. Your local government may have sirens or warning lights installed in your area. Knowing where these are and what they sound is critical for higher chances of survival.

7. Prepare a Family Emergency Plan

Family planning for emergency | Tips For Sheltering In Place

Advance preparation and constant shelter in place drills will make you and your family prepared with what to do, where to go, how, and where to find each other. Most importantly, plot out how you can all communicate with each other if you part ways and need to seek shelter in another place.

8. Stockpile Adequate Supplies for You and Your Family

Emergency supplies | Tips For Sheltering In Place
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At least a 3-day supply will get you through such a situation. Make sure you also have supplies for specific needs for persons with disabilities or medical needs.

9. Stockpile Bathroom Tissue

Bathroom tissue | Tips For Sheltering In Place
Survival Stockpiling Tips: Bathroom Tissue Photo by Survival Life

This item is often overlooked and somehow, preppers only realize its importance when it’s already too late. This will show you how to come up with a figure on how much tissue you should have in your stockpile.

It will also depend on how many people are in your house and how much BT you use on a daily basis.

10. Buy Extra Medical Supplies

Emergency essentials | Tips For Sheltering In Place
Preparing to Hunker Down in Places Photo by Backdoor Survival

You must have extra medical supplies just in case. Disposable gloves, rubber or nitrile gloves, N100 masks, and disinfectants such as hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, and bleach. Other items such as duct tape, plastic sheeting material, and tarps are also equally important.

11. Invest in Solar Lanterns

Hybeam solar lamp | Tips For Sheltering In Place

Solar lanterns are the most effective and cheapest way to keep your home sufficiently lit during a blackout. You would not worry about batteries anymore, and it should be bright enough for you to find your way around without stumbling.

12. Have a Store-a-Potty Ready

Emergency kit | Tips For Sheltering In Place
LifeSecure Extended Emergency Shelter-In-Place Combo Kit Photo by Life Secure

This 72-hour emergency toilet kit has an airtight lid, snap-on toilet seat, a 3-day supply of biohazard bags, and deodorizer packets. Other than making sure you have enough food and water, you can keep your health in tip-top shape through proper sanitation and hygiene.

13. Form a Personal Support Network

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Support teams can consist of family, co-workers, friends, and caretakers. Inform them of your emergency plan and give them a set of extra keys to your home. Provide a copy of all important documents and medications to at least one out-of-state contact.

14. Prepare an Evacuation Plan

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Prepare an Evacuation Plan Photo by Patio Drugs

Once authorities order that it is clear to vacate the place where you’re sheltering in you must know where to go next. Point out meeting places outside your neighborhood. Prepare alternate exit routes in case the areas you’re traversing at might be inaccessible as well.

15. Close the Business or Worksite

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This is the first thing you should do. First, ask the customers to stay. Then, list down all the names of those who are with you in the room.

Contact your business designated emergency numbers to let them know who is with you, after. Include their affiliation in your business as well.

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16. Close and Activate the School’s Emergency Plan

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Close and Activate the School’s Emergency Plan Photo by WKYT

This should be a plan that needs regular practice so students and faculty would know what to do in case of an emergency. Employees should be familiar with the building’s mechanical systems to turn them off and have it sealed immediately.

17. Stay in Your Vehicle

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If it’s not possible to go to a building or your home, the safest and quickest way possible is for you to stay in your vehicle. Park in the safest place you can find. If possible, under a shaded area.

Turn off the engine, close the windows and vents. Grab your emergency kit and listen to the radio.

18. Follow Protective Actions and Protective Actions Guides

The United States Department of Health and Human Services have a set of guidelines put together by the Radiation Emergency Medical Management or REMM. This will enable you to follow various ways to protect your family if you need to seek shelter in another place.

19. Seal Doors, Windows, and Air Vents with Plastic Sheeting

Using duct tape and plastic sheeting seal all doors, windows, outlets, vents, and other possible entry points of outside air. If plastic is not available, you can use a wet towel.

20. Turn Off Cooling, Heating, and Ventilation Systems

Never forget to switch off these systems first before sealing doors and windows. Without doing so may bring contaminated outside air directly into your home. Don’t forget the fireplace damper as well.

21. Play the Game of Monkey See Monkey Do

Kids activities | Tips For Sheltering In Place
Play the Game of Monkey See Monkey Do Photo by Teach 123 School

This is for a typical school scenario. For a teacher, keeping the kids quiet and not worry about their parents is quite difficult. Playing this game may somehow catch their attention and keep them still, thus avoiding much more unnecessary dangers.

22. Run-Hide-Fight

Emergency action plan | Tips For Sheltering In Place
Run-Hide-Fight Photo by Republic Buzz

This is for a college setting with a shooter scenario. You will have to run to the nearest room, then lock the door behind you.

Take note to switch your phone to “silent or vibrate mode” while hiding under a desk or furniture. Should you be under imminent threat by the intruder, be ready to fight with anything you can use as a weapon.

23. Convert a Regular Wet/Dry Vacuum into an Air Filter

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Convert a Regular Wet/Dry Vacuum into an Air Filter Photo by Survival Life

As long as the vacuum has a HEPA filter installed, it will clean out the air drawn from outside. The air that will exit the exhaust port and blow into the flow-room will most likely be free of airborne viruses.

24. Wear an N95 Respirator Mask

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This mask supposedly protects the wearer against airborne contaminants (0.3 microns in size) by 95%. Since it is disposable, it is best that you stockpile a few boxes for you and your family. This item should also be part of your emergency survival kit.

25. Stay Off the Phone Unless It Is Completely Necessary

Woman calling for help | Tips For Sheltering In Place

Trying to contact your loved ones can clog up the telephone lines, which is critically needed by emergency personnel. Unless of course, it’s an emergency like a fire, police, or medical.

The school or workplace has systems for keeping your children or other family members protected in case they need to shelter in place.

26. Track Local TV and Radio Stations

Weather news | Tips For Sheltering In Place
Monitor Local TV and Radio Stations Photo by CNN Media

Keeping updated on what is happening is important. This will enable you to make the necessary decisions that will make or break you and your family’s survival. Having an NOAA public alert radio is also important.

27. Prevent Boredom and Cabin Fever

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Have board games, dance videos, playing cards, puzzles, and the like prepared to keep you and your family preoccupied while waiting for the clear out from authorities.

You’ll never know when you might need them. It may take longer than you expect.

28. Once Given the “All Clear” Signal

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Before exiting the structure, open all doors, windows, vents, and turn on the heating as well as the air conditioning system. Let the air out while waiting outside for about 15 to 30 minutes before re-entering.

29. Evacuating After the “All Clear” Signal

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Identify the paths to the nearest exit before the “All Clear” signal, first. Then, stay together and exit in an orderly fashion.

Never use the elevators, though. Finally, once you’re outside, account for every person present and immediately report any missing person.

30. Report to the Evacuation Reception and Care Center

Red cross registration | Tips For Sheltering In Place
Report to the Evacuation Reception and Care Center Photo by Cowy Red Cross Blog

Register your name even if you do not plan to stay there. Family and friends who might be looking for you can proceed to the designated center. This will, in turn, make their search much easier.

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Watch this video from Utah State University Extension and learn how to prepare to shelter in place:

These are just a few basic tips that will help you go through the before, during, and after sheltering in place emergency procedure. There are many more methods you can find over the internet should you want to know more details.

Overall, the ones aforementioned will surely be life-savers for you and those around you. It is best to be ready even before a disaster happens.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on August 30, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

This article was originally published on Survival Life

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