Shelter in Place
During an emergency, you may be directed to stay indoors instead of evacuating to a different location. This is called “shelter-in-place," which means to stay inside at your current location.
How to shelter in place:
- Go indoors immediately and stay there, ideally in an interior room.
- Close all doors and windows. Turn off furnaces, air conditioners and exhaust systems.
- Tune to your local radio or TV station for information.
- If directed to do so, cover doors, windows and vents with plastic sheeting and duct tape.
- Choose texting over calling to keep phone lines free. Save 911 for emergencies.
- Stay inside until you are told it is safe to leave.
If you have to stay inside for an extended period, having an Emergency Preparedness Plan and a household emergency kit will be invaluable.