If Officials Order Shelter-In-Place Protection During A Hazardous Materials Emergency

Public safety officials will tell you if shelter-in-place protection is ordered by using the means described in the evacuation section. If you are told to shelter-in-place, you should take the following actions.

  • Stay Calm
  • Go indoors. Take your family and pets inside your home or other shelter. Any building suitable for use during winter is safe for shelter-in-place protection.
  • Close all windows and outside doors.
  • Turn off heating and air conditioning systems, fans, vents and any systems which bring in outside air. Close vents and fireplace flues/dampers.
  • Go to the highest level above ground (NOT YOUR BASEMENT) and move to a central room that is windowless or with the fewest windows and doors.
  • Take your Emergency Supplies Kit including a portable radio with you to this room.
  • Seal the inside door of the room with tape and place damp towels across the bottom of it. Use plastic and duct tape to seal all windows, exhaust fans, vents, electric and cable outlets, heat/AC registers, and any other outside openings.
  • Use the phone for emergency calls only.
  • Stay tuned to television or radio EAS stations for updated information and instructions.
  • When local authorities announce the end of the emergency, ventilate your home by opening doors and windows and go outside for a while.