Stay Safe at Home

If you are advised by local officials to remain in your home or office and 'shelter in place', follow these guidelines:

  • Bring your family and pets inside
  • Close and lock all windows and exterior doors
  • Turn off all fans, and heating and air conditioning systems
  • Close the fireplace damper
  • Locate your home emergency kit
  • Make sure the radio is working
  • Go to an interior room with the fewest windows/doors that is above ground level
  • Seal all windows, doors and air vents with plastic sheeting and duct tape. Consider measuring and cutting the sheeting in advance to save time.  Find out how to take shelter, how to shelter in place and how to seal a room.
  • 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
  • In the case of a chemical threat, an above-ground level location is preferable because some chemicals are heavier than air and may seep into basements even when the windows are closed
  • Stay away from the windows
  • Listen to local radio (KFBK 1530 AM, KXJZ 88.9 FM or KSTE 650 AM) for further emergency information

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