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.