Different organizations have their own disaster preparedness procedures. If you are in school, at work, or in a government building at the time a disaster occurs then you may be required to shelter-in-place. Sometimes it is more dangerous to attempt to evacuate so staying where you are is the safest and most logical choice.
Shelter-in-place means to take temporary protection in a structure or vehicle. This does not include certified shelters such as the Red Cross. If you are at home and need to shelter-in-place then you are responsible for ensuring you are prepared. Schools, workplaces, and other organizations should have their own procedures.
- Become familiar with your communities notification procedures during an emergency
- Automated Community Notification via voice recording or text
- Emergency Broadcast System via television or radio
During the Emergency
- Make sure everyone is safely inside in the inner most part of the home or building, away from doors and windows if possible.
- Secure doors and windows.
- Stay informed by listening to the radio or TV.
- Do not open windows and doors or go outside until you are notified that it is safe to do so.