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Plan for Appropriate Shelter
Identifying what type of an emergency that is present will assist in determining whether to stay or go. Emergency information is commonly broadcast via radio and television. You should understand and plan for both possibilities.

Sheltering in Place
Staying put is also known as sheltering in place. In certain circumstances you may be asked to shelter in place and seal the room you are in from potentially contaminated outside air. When notified to do so, or if you suspect that the outside air is contaminated, you should immediately bring your family and pets inside. Remember to:
  • Close windows, air vents and fireplace dampers
  • Lock doors
  • Turn off fans and/or air conditioning/heating systems

If possible choose an interior room with few windows and doors. To seal a room use plastic sheeting or plastic garage bags with duct tape to seal windows, doors and air vents. This is a temporary protective measure to create a barrier between you and potentially contaminated air outside. It is strongly recommended that you measure, precut, and label your sheeting so as not to waste time during an actual emergency. Remember to take your emergency supply kit.

In certain situations you may decide to get away or be ordered to leave. Create an evacuation plan now to identify places where your family will meet, both within and outside of your immediate neighborhood. Identify alternate routes to get to or away from your location.

Remember to take you remergency supply kit and lock your doors. Your evacuation plan should include provisions for your pets. Pets are not allowed in public shelters. Arrangements should be made ahead of time to locate places (kennels, motels, relatives, etc) that will accept your pets in case of an emergency evacuation. If time permits, consider calling or emailing your out-of-town contact and leaving a note in the house to inform others when you left and where you are going.