Shelter-in-Place: Sheltering in place is used when there is not time to evacuate or when certain conditions render it unsafe to do so. No matter where you are, the basic steps of shelter-in-place will generally remain the same. Should a need ever arise; follow these guidelines, unless instructed otherwise by law enforcement and/or other first responders.
Guidelines for Shelter-in-Place:
- Stop what you are doing immediately.
- If safe to do so, collect any belongings, emergency shelter-in-place supplies (such as medicine, water, food, trash bin) and a telephone to be used in case of emergency.
- If you are outdoors, proceed into the closest and safest building quickly or follow instructions from first responders. Take immediate shelter indoors and isolate yourself away from the threat.
- Locate an interior room without windows or with the least number of windows.
- If there is a large group of people, several rooms may be necessary.
- Shut and lock and/or barricade doors. Turn off the lights. Silence cellphones.
- Await further instructions from the Emergency Notification System (ENS) or first responders.