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Shelter In Place Warning

What does that mean?

Simply stated, Go Inside and Stay inside!

How to Safely Shelter in Place



Whenever public safety officials (such as Police, Fire or Emergency Management) have determined there is a risk of exposure to hazardous substances, they may request people in the affected area to: "SHELTER IN PLACE". Stay where you are if it is safe to do so.

(An EVACUATION warning means you should NOT stay but should leave immediately and go to a safe location away from the danger.)

You may be able to "Shelter In Place" at home, at work, or in most buildings. There are a few actions that you can take to reduce your exposure to the hazardous substance:

  • Close the doors and windows and keep them closed.
  • Do not use clothes dryers or bathroom or kitchen exhaust fans.  By blowing the indoor air to the OUTSIDE, you will be drawing potentially contaminated air INTO your home.
  • Some home and business air conditioners and furnaces may draw air INTO the building, too.   If necessary, stop using those types of heating and cooling systems while the SHELTER IN PLACE warning is in effect.
  • Extinguish any fire place fires and close the dampers.
  • Try to close any gaps around doors and windows with tape, plastic or wet towels to help keep the good air IN and the bad air OUT.
  • Listen to local radio and television stations for more information.
  • If you decide to leave in a car or truck, close the vehicle windows and DO NOT use the heater or air conditioner until you are away from the affected area.

Remember to bring pets inside, too!

Other important words for you and your family to know:

Hazardous Substance - a chemical or product that can harm or kill you. Don't get it ON YOU or IN YOU. Don't touch it, don't breathe it.

Affected Area – The public safety officials will determine the locations that should SHELTER IN PLACE. This is usually described by listing ROADS on all sides of the area where the hazardous substance could affect people. Sometimes officials may list PLACES that most people would know, such as the River or Interstate Highway 90, too.

Evacuation - This means to leave the Affected Area immediately. Don't waste time searching for valuables or other items. Quickly take your Purse/wallet, Pets and Prescriptions and go to a safe location away from the Affected Area. Often emergency officials will provide instructions and information on local radio and television stations.


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