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Shelter in Place and Evacuations

FOR YOUR PROTECTION
Nearly every community in the United States should be
prepared in case a chemical emergency occurs. These types
of emergencies can result from incidents that occur at a wide
variety of places including chemical facilities, commercial
businesses, pipelines, farms, and also during transportation.
WHAT TO DO IF I RECEIVE A MESSAGE FROM THE PUBLIC ALERT SYSTEM?

SHELTER IN PLACE
Shelter-In-Place is a precaution aimed to keep you and your
family safe while you remain in your house, school, or business.
This is not the same thing as going to an evacuation
shelter in case of a storm. Shelter-In-Place means going to
an interior room inside your own house, school, or business.

YOU SHOULD NOT ATTEMPT TO EVACUATE UNLESS
ORDERED TO DO SO BY LOCAL OFFICIALS.
When alerted by the Public Alert System, follow these six
steps to Shelter-In-Place:
STEP 1: GO INSIDE
Immediately go inside a building such as your house, school,
or business. An interior room without windows is preferred.
Even a vehicle can provide some protection if there is no
building near you.
If your children are at school or a day care center, DO NOT
ATTEMPT TO PICK UP YOUR CHILDREN. The teachers
are trained to protect your children and will follow the
Shelter-In-Place procedures.
STEP 2: CLOSE ALL DOORS AND WINDOWS
Make sure you close and lock
all doors and windows.
Locking makes a better seal.
Place damp towels or sheets at the bottom of doors and
windows to help seal them off. You may also cover windows
with plastic sheeting and seal cracks around the doors and
windows with duct tape.
STEP 3: TURN OFF FANS, AIR CONDITIONERS, AND HEATERS
Turn off attic and ceiling fans, heaters,
and air conditioners. Close all air vents
and ventilation systems to prevent
outside air from coming in. If you have
a fireplace, check the damper and close
it ONLY IF there is no fire in the fireplace.
STEP 4: TURN ON A RADIO AND CABLE TV
Turn on a radio and any cable
TV station for further information
or instructions regarding
the chemical emergency.
STEP 5: STAY OFF THE PHONE
Do not use the phone unless absolutely
necessary because emergency
personnel may call to give specific
instructions on what to do.
DO NOT CALL 911 UNLESS YOU ARE REPORTING AN EMERGENCY
STEP 6: STAY INSIDE UNTIL GIVEN THE ALL CLEAR
You need to stay inside until you receive an "ALL CLEAR"
message. Stay tuned to the radio and television until the
"ALL CLEAR" message is broadcast. When the "ALL
CLEAR" message is given, you may resume your normal
activities.
You may want to open all doors and windows, and turn on
ventilation systems to air out the house, school, or business.
Now that you know what to do in case of a chemical emergency,
you should review and practice these steps at your
house, school, or business.
Being prepared is the key to protecting yourself, your children,
and co-workers.
EVACUATION
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE TOLD TO EVACUATE?

In the unlikely event that you are told to evacuate as the
result of a chemical emergency, you should move as soon
as possible to the location designated by local officials and
follow these procedures.
Stay as calm as you can.
Gather and pack only what you and your family will need
the most. Try to include:
1) extra clothing
2) eyeglasses, dentures, prescription drugs, other
important medicines, and a first aid kit
3) baby supplies
4) portable radio and flashlights
5) checkbook and credit cards
6) driver's license or identification
Remember as you leave to do the following:
1) Turn off the lights, appliances, and heating,
cooling, or ventilation systems
2) Leave your refrigerator/freezer on
3) Lock your house
Use only one vehicle for your family. If you have room,
please check to see if any neighbors need a ride.
Keep your car windows and air vents closed. Listen to
the radio
Do not use your telephone unless it if a life-threatening
situation.
Drive safely

 

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