Shelter In Place

Remain Inside
There are occasions when it is better to remain inside than evacuating. When this occurs, you will be advised to Shelter-In-Place. Sheltering-In-Place requires you to stay inside and make the space you are in as air tight as possible. You will receive instructions to Shelter-In-Place from the Police, Fire, or Elected Officials. These instructions may come from door-to-door instructions, mobile public address systems, or by radio and television. Several means of getting these instructions to you will normally be used.

How To Shelter In Place
  1. Close and lock all doors and windows.
  2. If there is a danger of explosion, close the window shades, blinds and curtains.
  3. Turn off all fans and the heating and air conditioning systems.
  4. Close the fireplace damper.
  5. Get your Family Disaster Kit.
  6. Go to an interior room that has no or very few windows and that is above ground.
  7. Use duct tape and plastic sheeting to seal doors, window and vents.
  8. Bring your pets with you; make sure to bring food and water for them.
  9. If you have a telephone in your Shelter-In-Place, let the authorities know where you are and use 911 to report any life-threatening situations.
  10. Remain in your Shelter-In-Place room until you are told that it is safe to leave.
At Work
If you are at work, follow the instructions you are given. They should be similar to the actions that you would take to Shelter In Place at home. There are some additional instructions that apply:

If time permits, call your family to let them know you are all right.
Turn on call-forwarding or alternate answering systems. If you have an automated answering system, leave a message that you are closed.

Write down the names of everyone who is with you and call a designated representative and let them know where you are and who is with you.

If you are in school, follow the instructions of the school authorities