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Any advice for Sheltering in Place?

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Category: Coronavirus Pandemic: Prepping Forums
Forum Name: Sheltering in Place
Forum Description: (Preparing to survive in the home for extended period of time; Home preparations)
Printed Date: July 01 2020 at 10:21pm

Topic: Any advice for Sheltering in Place?
Posted By: Albert
Subject: Any advice for Sheltering in Place?
Date Posted: May 13 2013 at 8:17am
We setup this new forum to discuss preparations for sheltering in place - and surviving out of the home for an extended period of time.

Please start a new thread for any suggestion.

Thanks and best to all,


Posted By: CStackDrPH
Date Posted: May 14 2013 at 9:34pm
Thanks for starting this thread!  This flyer from our Kane County (IL) Health Department has some really good tips, including focusing upon emotional & mental health during a pandemic: -


Posted By: arirish
Date Posted: July 24 2013 at 8:41am
Emergency Home Preparation


Author: AnneZ [ Wed Jan 17, 2007 10:38 am ]


BASIC PREP LIST FOR ONE MONTH/ONE ADULT Multiply to get the number of months you wish to prep for.


******* Members have collated information from a variety of sources to develop a printable, personal preparation list. This is not an exhaustive list. ******* provides this as a service to help others who may not have stored food before. It is a general guideline only. By reading further, you acknowledge that you are responsible to decide your own potential needs, and those of your family and loved ones.

The following items should sustain one adult for approximately one month. The foods chosen require minimal time and resources to prepare, and represent common and familiar food choices for many. You should customize the list to your personal preferences and needs.

Remember to multiply the amounts of each item on the list by the number of adults you are preparing for.


* Water: 30 gallons per person minimum
* Canned meals: 30 cans per person (Pasta meat mixes; Chunky type soups; Chili; etc.)
* Canned/Tinned meat spreads and similar items for sandwiches: 12 cans
* Peanut Butter: 2-3 lbs per person
* Jam/Jelly: 1-2 lbs per person
* Crackers: 4 1 lb. boxes per person (for sandwiches and snacks)
* Canned fruit: 12 cans per person
* Instant breakfast cereal: 30 packs per person
* Vegetable/fruit juices: 1 gallon per person
* Coffee, (2 lb) tea, hot chocolate etc. Consider instant in case no electricity.
* Dry milk: Large box, increase if frequent milk drinker; 2 per child
* Dessert items: Canned or single serve puddings and similar , hard candy, or similar comfort foods and "treats", if funds allow
* Sugar: 5 lbs
* Salt: 1 lb; other spices/condiments as desired
* Baking soda: 1 box

* Tylenol/Acetaminophen: bottle 100
* Ibuprofen: bottle 100
* Multiple Vitamin: 1 bottle/30 day supply

* Antibacterial soap: 1 per sink
* Hand sanitizer:minimum 1 pocket size and one large to refill from
* Bleach- unscented, 1 gallon
* Vinegar: plain, 1 gallon for disinfectant purposes

* Toilet paper 10-15 rolls
* Paper towels; 6 rolls
* Paper plates, cups, disposable silverware
* Manual can opener
* Camp Stove, sterno or other alternative heating method to boil water and fuel
* Flashlights: One per person minimum, consider LED lights to reduce battery usage. Additional LED headlamps extremely useful.
* Radio: battery powered
* Batteries: 3 to 4 sets per battery powered item

* Children specific items: Food, formula, diapers, OTC medicines

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Buy more ammo!

Posted By: CStackDrPH
Date Posted: September 23 2013 at 10:27pm
Stock up on waterless hand cleaners & handy-wipes.  You'll not want to wash your hands with precious water after each trip to the bathroom.  

I'm an expert on water & wastewater treatment, and I live off of a small lake, so I have a good supply of very common water-treatment chemicals to treat raw lake-water to potable standards.  The little hand-filters are nice, but I can treat hundreds of gallons per day if I have to. 

I stock commercial ferric chloride solution as a coagulant, a few cationic polymers as flocculants, and household bleach.  Treatment works in any large container (5 gal pail or larger).  Add enough ferric while mixing to generate pin-floc, then hit it with a small amount of polymer, mix and let settle.  All the tadpoles, leaves & stuff will settle out, leaving very clear water at the top.  This is how your municipal treatment plants do it." rel="nofollow -

I also have some filter sand and can run the clarified water through that if I need to, but for most purposes, this decant method will make very high quality water without need for filtration.  A bit of bleach (sodium hypochlorite) adds chlorine residual & disinfects.  


Posted By: gady71
Date Posted: October 13 2014 at 7:55am
Originally posted by CStackDrPH CStackDrPH wrote:

Thanks for starting this thread!  This flyer from our Kane County (IL) Health Department has some really good tips, including focusing upon emotional & mental health during a pandemic: -

Link is not working for me.

I do apologize for my poor english. Prepare for the Worst and Hope for the Best!

Posted By: Technophobe
Date Posted: October 13 2014 at 10:16am
Not working for me either Chuck.  Got an alternative?


Posted By: ViQueen24
Date Posted: October 19 2014 at 5:30pm
Try this, folks: -

Posted By: ozarkcountryboy
Date Posted: November 01 2014 at 7:15am
Don't forget this out front!">

Posted By: edprof
Date Posted: September 24 2015 at 5:28pm
Become as self-sufficient and as independent as possible.  Be able to pump water from your own well on your own land.  Install a photovaic electricity generating system so you can harvest electricity from the sun.  If you have a garden, increase its size and effectiveness.  Have fruit and nut trees on your property.  Having your own septic system keeps you from being at the mercy of a municipality.  All of these and more are things I have done.  Obviously it's best not to live in a large city. 

Stock up on food, drinkable water, guns, basic hand tools, and ammunition. 

Oftentimes the Lord helps those who help themselves.

Posted By: edprof
Date Posted: October 29 2016 at 8:03pm
Self reliance must address these areas:

1.  Protection.  Without security you may not be able to keep the rest of these.
2.  Strong shelter.
3.  Water, replenishable water.
4.  Food
5.  Energy
6.  Medicine
7.  Communications.

Oftentimes the Lord helps those who help themselves.

Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: February 01 2020 at 3:26pm
Fire Extinguishers are a must because you never know how long it will take the fire dept. to get to your home. I have one on every level of my house.

Posted By: WitchMisspelled
Date Posted: February 05 2020 at 8:21am
Gentle cleanser like Cetaphil to use for sponge baths and minimize water use. 1 bottle per month.

Posted By: Thinkologist
Date Posted: April 07 2020 at 12:31pm

These are working for us. (We have hunkered down in a rural area in upstate New York)  Apart from survival, take care of your psychological health which is not a luxury

   - If you are in a rural area and do not live there, do 14 days of self -quarantine and let people know that you have ( by phone).

   - To keep sane  and  avoid disorientation have activities you enjoy - games, music, coloring for kids, Do not listen to too much news,  have a daily schedule,

  -  Buy large quantities of food supplies if you are able to. If not buy non-perishable foods - canned ham, fish, vegetables

 - * Other things worth buying: solar battery charger, candles (or make from crayons), Set up a manual distillery for water. Directions on internet

 -  Use the time to catch up on things you never got around to - throw out things, organize, do taxes. Keep up with people you haven't seen in a while. This also keeps you oriented

 - Binge-watch  TV if you have one, learn something new.. how to knit, drawing,  writing, collage, making cleansers from natural materials. keep in touch with people via bulletin boards, chat, Reddit other sites, use translators to chat with people from other countries-- whatever makes you happy. 

- Learn to cook using basic materials - e,g, make noodles out of flour and boiling water, make flour by pulverizing carbs - any beans, in addition to the usual

- Exercise a few times a day - important

* Make cleanser recipes using household materials - baking soda, hydrogen chloride, vinegar, salt. Recipes on the internet. Baking soda is excellent between cleaning with water.

* When not confined to a room we 1) search for edible plants  (e.g. cattails) and can or dry them in the sun 2) fish and trap, Find projects: You can make soap out of ashes (from fires and grease.  Go for walks alone, coloring (kids and adults), make sock dolls, rock dolls, make rags out of old clothes, Use instead of paper products.

 * Use video chat and ZOOM for human contact

Be well

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