Shelter-In-Place Checklist

If you are advised to leave before a storm, we suggest that you follow the professional guidance and evacuate. However, a mudslide or debris flow may occur that closes our roads and forces us to shelter in place. The following is a list of suggested items to prepare if we're stuck at home for awhile.

Due to the rural and unpredictable nature of Big Sur, agencies are advising that you be prepared to shelter in place for up to two weeks.

Prepare Now:

  • First Aid Kit
  • Flash Light with a hand crank or extra batteries
  • 2 week supply of food (dry goods)
  • Can opener
  • 15 gallons of water per person (Suggested in case water quality is compromised. In the event of a debris flow, those with spring water may find that water quality is compromised.)
  • Baby items
  • Pet Items (2 weeks of pet food, extra litter, extra water, leash or harness, travel box.) See the Disaster Preparedness Checklist for Cats and Dogs from the SPCA.
  • Wind Up/Battery Radio
  • Generator and plenty of fuel
  • Phone that does not require power
  • Medications (The Big Sur Health Center can help you work with your insurance to mail-order extra prescriptions. Call 831-667-2580.)
  • Extra Contacts/Eye Care
  • Emergency Phone Numbers
  • Candles/Camping Lanterns
  • Dry Wood
  • Lighters and Matches
  • Extra garbage bags
  • Work Gloves
  • Tool Kit
  • Comfort and Entertainment Items
  • Consider growing an indoor winter garden. If we have to shelter in place, fresh food will be the first to be eaten. Various lettuces and other veggies grow well indoors during the winter, and could add variety to your dry goods.

It is a good idea to keep basic supplies in your car as well, in case you should be trapped on the road between slides for some period of time.

See a "Keep In Your Car Checklist" here.

See also:

Disaster Plan Checklist and Evacuation Checklist