General Shelter Information Locations
Normally, shelters are set up in public
schools, recreation centers, or other appropriate facilities where
residents can seek refuge as well as eat and sleep.
What to Bring Persons
needing shelter are asked to bring a change of clothing, bathing and
sanitary supplies, prescriptions and other medical needs, denture and
eye care materials, and special dietary supplies or requirements.
With the exception of service animals, pets are generally not permitted in shelters.
Sheltering In Place
If local officials advise you to shelter-in-place, they mean for you to remain indoors and protect yourself there.
What To Do
Take your children and pets indoors immediately.
Get your disaster supplies kit and make sure the radio is working.
Go to an interior room without windows.
In the case of a chemical threat, an above
ground location is preferable because some chemicals are heavier than
air and may seep into your basements.
Gathering Your Family
Close all windows, exterior doors, and fireplace dampers
Turn off all fans, heating, and air conditioning
Wet some towels and jam them in the cracks under doors
Tape around the doors, windows, exhaust fans, and vents
Use plastic garbage bags to cover windows, outlets, and heat registers
Close window shades, blinds, or curtains if you are told there is a danger of an explosion
Stay inside and keep listening to your radio or television until you are told all is safe or to evacuate