Shelter In Place

During certain emergency situations and some weather emergencies, you may be advised to “shelter in place” rather than evacuate or leave the building.

If there is an emergency that is a risk to the public, your local officials will notify you by radio, TV, e-mail or cell/telephone. The outdoor warning sirens may be activated. If you hear the sirens, go inside and tune to a local radio or TV station and watch for alerts from CENS. If you are told there has been a hazardous materials release or a public health issue, most often there is not enough time for evacuation. The safest immediate action is to shelter-in-place while listening for further instructions.

  • Stay inside the building.
  • DO NOT go outside to investigate.
  • Close all windows and doors.
  • If you have a prepared emergency kit with essential disaster supplies, such as bottled water, nonperishable food, flashlights, radios, duct tape, plastic sheeting, first aid supplies, etc., take it with you.
  • Follow instructions by Emergency Response Officials.
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