If You Are Told to Shelter in Place

Sheltering in place means staying inside with all doors and windows closed, and ventilation systems turned off. Sheltering reduces exposure to radioactive material. It reduces the chances of inhaling or receiving body surface contamination from radioactive materials if they pass overhead.

If you are told to shelter-in-place:

  • Gather members of your household and pets inside (if children are at school, do not pick them up unless the school or the Emergency Alert System message instructs you to do so. If schools are sheltering students, they will not open their doors).
  • Shut and tightly seal all doors and windows. Use duct tap and heavy plastic sheeting or place towels to fill gaps in door frames or windows. Be prepared to improvise and use what you have available.
  • Turn off systems that bring in outside air. These include furnaces, fireplaces, air conditioners, vents and clothes dryers.
  • Move to the center of the house.
  • Take a radio with you and stay tuned to a local radio or television station for additional information.
  • If you must go outside, place a damp cloth or towel over your mouth and nose. This will limit the amount of radioactive materials you breath in. Limit your time outside as much as possible.

County officials will decide on sheltering or evacuating areas based on the nature of the emergency. You will be told what to do over local radio and television stations.

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