What To Do If You Are Told To Shelter In Place
Shelter in Place
The two decisions facing you are: whether to STAY or to GO
You should take action of you notice any of the following:
- An unusual smell or sound, such as an explosion
- Visible smoke, fire, or a vapor cloud
- Skin or eye irritation
- Breathing difficulty
DO NOT GO OUTSIDE to see what happened. Instead, remain where you are
Trust your common sense and your five senses: smelling, hearing, tasting, seeing, and "feeling".
Seek information to verify your decision. Listen to your radio and TV.
MOST OFTEN it is safer to stay where you are, providing your building or vehicle is safely intact.
Your home, your business, your school, your car... these can provide reliable protection
What To Do If You Are Told To Evacuate
Most chemical releases will only last a few minutes and staying inside should be adequate for your protection. If the release is prolonged, then an order to evacuate may be given.
Listen to your radio and TV.
You may decide for yourself to GO based on your own common sense plus your five senses.
The evacuation process generally takes a while to develop, so be ready to get away promptly if told to do so by officials.
When you GO, be sure you know your destination and know how to get there.