Shelter in Place


  • "Shelter in Place" can be done at home, school, and work
  • Begin storing water in closed containers for future drinking and cooking.
  • Close all doors to the outside and close and lock all windows (windows sometimes seal better when locked)
  • Close all fireplace dampers.
  • Close all internal doors as possible.
  • Designate an interior room for shelter and be prepared to seal windows, doors and air vents with duct tape or plastic.
  • Do not go outdoors unless absolutely necessary. If so, limit time spent outdoors and cover your mouth and nose with a damp cloth or towel. When returning indoors, leave outer clothing outside. Wash your face and hands with mild soap and lukewarm water.
  • If necessary, children in affected schools will be sheltered there. Parents should not try to pick them up unless advised to do so.
  • Quickly bring everyone inside including pets.
  • Remain sheltered until local authorities announce the emergency is over.
  • Stay tuned to the radio or television for detailed instructions.
  • Turn off all air conditioners, fans, ventilation, and heating systems.
  • Use duct tape, plastic wrap, or aluminum foil to cover and seal bathroom exhaust fan grills, range vents, dryer vents, and other openings to the outside to the extent possible.
  • Use the telephone only for emergency calls.
  • Use a wet towel to seal door bottoms.