Some emergencies, such as chemical spills or nuclear accidents, may require you to shelter-in-place. When this happens, there are specific actions you can take to ensure that you and your family are protected from any dangerous effects associated with the released materials.
Sheltering-in-place is very different than simply staying home during a disaster, as you might during a hurricane or winter storm. When you shelter-in-place, you are sealing out as much of the outside environment as you can in order to survive a highly hazardous threat to your health.
Your shelter-in-place location is not your entire house, but rather a specific room in your home that you can easily protect. Ideally, this room is one that is above ground, in the interior of your home, has few or no windows, and has a telephone installed. Identify which room best meets these conditions before a disaster strikes so you don’t have to make such determinations in an actual emergency. There is little danger that the room will run out of oxygen.
Local authorities will provide more information about what to do if such an event occurs.
Take these steps to ensure your safety if you are required to shelter-in-place.