A sudden emergency involving chemicals, or hazardous materials, can force emergency officials to ask you to take immediate action to protect yourselves and your families. Sheltering-in-place means protecting yourself where you are and remaining in place until given further instructions or emergency officials give the all clear. If you are asked to shelter-in-place,
do the following:
- Remain calm.
- Go inside if you are outdoors.
- Do not call 911 unless you are reporting an immediate life-threatening situation.
- Children in schools or day care centers will take shelter where they are located and will stay indoors.
- Close all windows and doors. Tape cracks for extra protection.
- Close all vents on cooling, heating or ventilating systems.
- Cover cracks under doors with damp towels.
- If you have a fireplace, put out the fire and close the damper.
- Tape cracks and other openings such as electrical outlets and cable outlets.
- Move to an interior room or hallway with no windows or doors to the outside.
- Keep pets indoors.
- Listen carefully to a portable radio for instructions from emergency officials.
- If you are in a car, close windows and vents.
- Don’t come out unless told to do so by radio, TV, news, or emergency officials