Jan 30

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Shelter-In Place Procedures

Public safety officials will tell you if shelter-in-place protection is ordered by using the Emergency Alert System (EAS). If persons in your zone are told to begin shelter-in-place protection you should take the following actions.

  • Go indoors. Any building suitable for use during the winter is safe for shelter-in-place protection.
  • Close all outside windows and doors. Seal with tape and plastic sheeting (If you do not have plastic sheeting, use plastic food wrap, wax paper or aluminum foil.) all cracks, electrical and cable outlets and any other out-side openings. Also seal bathroom exhaust fan grilles, range vents and dryer vents. Place wet towels or sheets across the bottom of doors and windows.
  • Turn off heating and air conditioning systems and attic fans bringing in outside air. Turn off exhaust fans in kitchens, bathrooms and other areas. Close vents and fireplace flues.
  • Take a radio or television with you, and move to a central or windowless room. Seal the inside door with tape and plastic, and place wet towels or sheets across the bottom of it.
  • Stay tuned to local radio or television EAS station for updated information and instructions.

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