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Sheltering in Place
What is it?
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Shelter In Place is a safety procedure designed to help protect you and your family during a serious airborne hazardous material emergency. It means taking shelter inside the building you live or work in until the danger has passed.

The goal of Shelter In Place is to prevent contaminated outside air from entering your home or other shelter for the duration of the incident. Incidents usually last a few hours, not days or weeks. There is little danger anyone will run out of oxygen during this procedure.

Before an emergency happens, develop a business emergency plan to help plan for a hazardous material emergency or other disaster. Determine how you will handle phone calls to and from the business during an event because non-emergency phone use should be limited.

What do I do?
If you are told to Shelter In Place by local authorities, please take the following safety actions: 
  • Close and lock all windows, exterior doors and other openings to the outside.
  • Turn off all air conditioners, fans and heating systems, etc. that draw in outside air.
  • Close the fireplace damper.
  • Get your Disaster Supply Kit and make sure your radio is working.
  • Go to your predetermined Safe Room.  
  • Use duct tape and plastic sheeting to seal windows, doors, vents, outlets, etc. Wet towels can also be used if you do not have plastic.
  • Stay inside this room and listen to your radio or television until local authorities tell you the emergency is over OR you are told to evacuate.
  • When local authorities announce the end of the emergency, ventilate the building by opening doors and windows. Go outside until it is aired out.

    What do I need?
    You are encouraged to prepare a Disaster Supply Kit with emergency supplies that will last at least three days. The kit should be stored in a box or duffel bag in the room in which you plan to Shelter In Place.

    At a minimum, the kit should contain the following items: 
    • Battery-operated radio and extra batteries
    • NOAA all hazards radio
    • Water (1 gallon/person/day) and ready-to-eat food
    • First aid kit
    • Flashlight and extra batteries
    • Thick plastic sheeting (i.e., plastic drop cloths, window sealing plastic)
    • Duct tape (i.e., high-quality duct tape or polypropylene tape)
    • Scissors
    • Towels
    • Hygiene items (i.e., plastic bucket with tight lid, garbage bags)
    • Specialty items (i.e., medication, books, games).

    How am I notified?
    You will be notified of a serious hazardous material emergency by one or more of the following methods:  
    • Television or radio
    • NOAA All Hazards radio
    • Outdoor warning sirens
    • Door-to-door notification
    • Public address systems on vehicles.