Shelter in Place
When would you want to shelter in place?

    Any time there is a potential for danger to stay outside.  Some examples may be a highway accident with the release of a chemical, railcar incident involving hazardous substance, or a major fire with hazardous smoke.  There are times when we shelter in place for the purpose of escaping weather conditions such as hail or tornados, or we may want to shelter in place to shield ourselves against the potential of breathing vapors from a chemical release or fire.

What should you do if told to shelter in place?
  • Quickly bring everyone inside, including pets
  • Close all doors to the outside and close and lock all windows (windows sometimes seal better when locked)
  • Turn off all air conditioners, fans, ventilation and heating systems
  • Close all internal doors if possible
  • Designate an interior room for shelter and be prepared to seal windows, doors and air vents with duct tape and plastic
  • Use a wet towel to seal door bottoms
  • Use duct tape, plastic wrap, or aluminum foil to cover and seal bathroom exhaust fan grilles, range vents, dryer vents, and any other opening to the outside to the extent possible
  • Close all fireplace dampers
  • Use the telephone only for emergency calls
  • Stay tuned to radio and TV for detailed instructions
  • Begin storing water in closed containers for future drinking and cooking
  • If necessary, children in affected schools will be sheltered there.  Parents should not try to pick them up unless advised to do so.
  • Do not go outdoors unless absolutely necessary.  If so, limit time spent outdoors and cover your mouth and nose with a damp cloth or towel.  When returning indoors, leave clothing outside. Wash you face and hands with mild soap and lukewarm water
  • Remain sheltered until local authorities announce the emergency is over.

  • Battery operated radio
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Drinking water in closed containers
  • Non-perishable foods
  • Large plastic drop cloths
  • Duct tape
  • Towels