Stay Safe at Home

If you are advised by local officials to remain in your home or office and 'shelter in place', follow these guidelines:

  • Bring your family and pets inside
  • Close and lock all windows and exterior doors
  • Turn off all fans, and heating and air conditioning systems
  • Close the fireplace damper
  • Locate your home emergency kit
  • Make sure the radio is working
  • Go to an interior room with the fewest windows/doors that is above ground level
  • Seal all windows, doors and air vents with plastic sheeting and duct tape. Consider measuring and cutting the sheeting in advance to save time. See a diagram of how to seal a room.
  • Be prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to seal gaps so that you create a barrier between yourself and any contamination
  • In the case of a chemical threat, an above-ground level location is preferable because some chemicals are heavier than air and may seep into basements even when the windows are closed
  • Stay away from the windows
  • Listen to local radio (KFBK 1530 AM, KXJZ 88.9 FM or KSTE 650 AM) for further emergency information

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