In certain types of emergencies, evacuation is not possible and it is safer for citizens to stay inside their homes or at work.  This practice is known as “Shelter-in-Place”.  In the event this is needed, certain steps may be required at home, especially if hazardous materials are involved.

These steps are:

  • Close and lock all windows and doors
  • Seal gaps under doorways and windows
  • Close and seal any vents
  • Close fireplace dampers
  • Turn off all ventilation systems

After the Steps

Once you have completed these steps, stay indoors and turn on a radio or television to listen for directions to follow and to find out when it is safe to leave your home.

Note:  Sheltering-in-Place is not used often, however, when needed it is very important that you follow instruction provided and that you stay indoors.