Preparing a Shelter-In-Place-Kit

Food and Water

  • Minimum of 9 easily-prepared meals (3 per day) which will feed the entire family (be sure to consider any dietary restrictions)
  • Protein/granola bars
  • Trail mix/dried fruit
  • Cereals and low/no sodium crackers
  • Canned juice
  • Water (1 gallon per person, per day)
  • Non-perishable food, such as rice, beans and oats

Fuel and Light

  • Battery lighting (flashlights, lamps, etc.) with batteries and extra batteries
  • Flares
  • Candles
  • Lighters
  • Waterproof matches
  • Gas-powered camp stove


  • Cell phone, chargers and plenty of airtime
  • Manual can opener
  • Shovel
  • Radio with batteries and extra batteries
  • Pen and paper
  • Pocket knife
  • Rope
  • Duct tape
  • Signaling whistle
  • Fire extinguisher

Personal Supplies and Medication

  • First aid kit and supplies
  • Moist towelettes
  • Personal hygiene and cleaning supplies (hand sanitizer, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, dish soap)
  • Updated immunization records
  • Medication (acetaminophen, ibuprofen, children’s medication, etc.) and prescription medication
  • Local currency and U.S. currency (ATMs may be down)
  • Ice chest if medication requires refrigeration
  • Pet supplies, if applicable

NOTE: This list is meant to be a guide and is not exhaustive. It is important that you consider the needs of each family member and plan accordingly. In addition, you may wish to combine/duplicate Shelter-In-Place Kit items and Go Bag items.