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Shelter-in-place

If there is a chemical spill, sour gas leak or tornado, you may be asked to "shelter-in-place." This means take immediate shelter indoors where you are – at home, at school, or at work. You will be notified when it’s safe to come out.

How do I shelter-in-place?

1. Act quickly and follow the instructions of local authorities.

2. ​Stay indoors. If you are outside, go indoors and remain indoors. Go to an interior room that's above ground level (if possible, one without windows). If you are in a vehicle and unable to seek shelter indoors, turn off your vehicle, close all the windows and turn off all ventilation systems.

3. If you're at home, you can:

  • Get your 72 hour emergency kit and make sure the radio is working.
  • Close and lock all windows and exterior doors.
  • Turn off all fans, heating and air-conditioning systems to avoid drawing in air from the outside.
  • Close the fireplace damper.
  • Using duct or other wide tape, seal all cracks around the door and any vents into the room.
Monitor local media until you are told all is safe, or until you are advised to evacuate. Signing up for emergency alerts will help you stay informed.