Shelter-in-Place

SHELTER-IN-PLACE may be recommended during several different types of events. (I.e. hazardous weather, hazardous material, or others).

In general, when you receive instructions to shelter-in-place and you are outside, immediately move inside the nearest building and remain there until you receive further instructions.

  • If possible, warn anyone outside to get inside immediately.
  • Seek shelter in interior rooms with as few doors and windows as possible
  • Close the door
  • Stay away from windows

Note: Every Employee should have access to an Emergency 72 hour Kit. Each department is responsible for providing and maintaining these kits.

Atmospheric contamination

There may be circumstances when staying put and creating a barrier between yourself and potentially contaminated air outside, a process known as "sealing the room,” is a matter of survival. Use common sense and available information to assess the situation and determine if there is immediate danger. If you see large amounts of debris in the air, or if local authorities say the air is badly contaminated, you may want to take this kind of action. The process used to seal the room is considered a temporary protective measure to create a barrier between you and potentially contaminated air outside. It is a type of sheltering in place that requires preplanning.

  • Lock doors, close windows, air vents.
  • Turn off fans, air conditioning and forced air heating systems.
  • Take your emergency supply kit unless you have reason to believe it has been contaminated.
  • Go into an interior room with few windows, if possible.
  • If possible, seal all windows, doors and air vents with 2-4 mil thick plastic sheeting and duct tape. Consider measuring and cutting the sheeting in advance of an emergency to save time.
  • Cut the plastic sheeting several inches wider than the openings and label each sheet.
  • Duct tape plastic at corners first and then tape down all edges.
  • Be prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to seal gaps so that you create a barrier between yourself and any contamination.

Local authorities may not immediately be able to provide information on what is happening and what you should do. However, you should watch TV, listen to the radio or check the Internet often for official news and instructions as they become available.