During an Emergency
Shelter-in-Place is the practice of going or remaining indoors during the release of hazardous materials.
In these situations, it might be too dangerous to evacuate.
How will I know if I should shelter-in-place?
Instructions to shelter-in-place will be provided through:
- Local radio, television, or the Internet
- Emergency Services (door-to-door or loud speakers)
What should I do if I'm told to shelter-in-place?
- Take shelter in a house or other building and stay inside to reduce your exposure levels.
- Close all doors and windows.
- Turn off fans and close vents.
- Turn off thermostats so air conditioners and furnaces won't turn on.
- Don't use the clothes dryer.
- Put wet towels under the doors to stop smoke and/or fumes from getting in.
- Turn on and monitor your radio, television or the Internet for local updates, additional instructions and when it's safe to go back outside.
- Cover window openings with pieces of plastic held by duct tape (if instructed to do so).