Shelter-In-Place is a designated room in your building with few or no windows where employees, customers and visitors can "sit out" an air contamination emergency. It does not require sealing off the entire building. If you are told to Shelter-In-Place, follow the instructions provided by local authorities, including contacting local agencies.

If local authorities initiate a Shelter-in-Place emergency:

1) If there are employees, customers or visitors in the building, provide for their safety by asking them to stay – not leave. Everyone should go to the closest Shelter-In-place where they are, and not leave the building.

2) Employees, customers and visitors should call their emergency contact to let them know where they are and that they are safe.

3) Close and lock all windows, exterior doors, and any other openings to the outside.

4) If you are told there is danger of explosion, close the window shades, blinds, or curtains.

5) Turn off all fans, heating and air conditioning systems.

6) Presumably there will already be nonperishable food, bottled water, battery-powered radios, first aid supplies, flashlights, batteries, duct tape, plastic sheeting, and plastic garbage bags in the Shelter-In-place room(s).

7) Shelter-In-Place room(s) should have the fewest windows or vents. The room(s) should have adequate space for everyone to be able to sit in. Avoid overcrowding by selecting several rooms if necessary. Large storage closets, utility rooms, pantries, copy and conference rooms without exterior windows will work well. Avoid selecting a room with mechanical equipment like ventilation blowers or pipes, because this equipment may not be able to be sealed from the outdoors.

8) It is ideal to have a hard-wired telephone in the room(s) you select as cellular telephone equipment may be overwhelmed or damaged during an emergency.

9) Use duct tape and plastic sheeting (heavier than food wrap) to seal all cracks around the door(s) and any vents into the room(s).

10) Write down the names of everyone in the room, and call your businesses designated emergency contact to report persons is in the room with you, and their affiliation with your business (employee, customer or visitor).

11) Keep listening to the radio until you are told all is safe or you are told to evacuate. Local officials may call for evacuation in specific areas at greatest risk in your community.

12) If a QR Shelter-In-Place Instruction Sign is posted in the Shelter-In-Place room and internet service is available, use a Smart Phone to obtain more specific information. It may include diagrams, photos and videos that impart information without the use of language. It may give directional information and phone links to other Shelter-In-Place locations in the building in case of overcrowding. Do not send overflow to other Shelter-In-Place locations without first determining if they are in lock-down status.

Local officials on the scene are the best source of information for your particular situation.

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