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Shelter in Place During Chemical Emergencies


When should you Shelter in Place?

Go Inside
Stay calm, go inside and listen for the emergency information or evacuation announcements by fire or police departments. Prepare your shelter.

Call In Your Children where they can be supervised. Call in your pets. Help the elderly or handicapped and give temporary shelter to pedestrians.

Do Not Pick Up Your Children from School/Daycare
School regulations ensure a swift orderly response to an official call for evacuation or to Shelter in Place. The presenc of parents searching for their children can only cause confusion and delays. It can also be dangerous for you and your children. Contact your school in advance so you kow their procedures!


How do you prepare your Shelter?

If you are in your car, seal up by closing windows and shutting vents.


How will you be notified to Shelter in Place in

Announcements concerning the emergency, specific evacuation procedures as well as all-clear signals will be broadcast by regional radio, television and cable stations.


Pay attention to loud speaker announcements.

Emergency personnel may give you specific directions via loud speaker or door-to-door contact.

Emergency Tips
Being inside can provide you with added protectionf rom a hazardous materials release. Staying inside is safer than trying to outrun a release!

You can take effective measures in the event of a hazardous chemicals incident. NCREPD's goal is to provide useful steps to insure your safety and that of your family.

Despite all safety precautions, it is possible that a chemical accident occurring anywhere in the area could create irritating or hazardous conditions for those people in close proximity.

In case of a hazardous materials emergency, do not listen to rumors. The radio and TV will tell you what actions you might need to take.

Remember, in case of a hazardous incident:

Do not tie up telephones/cell phones and/or emergency phone lines. Use the phone only when absolutely necessary.

Emergency Services will need every available phone line to initiate help and rescue operations.

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