Shelter in Place

Shelter in place means find a safe indoor location and stay there until you are given an “all clear” or told to evacuate.

This can be due to everything from hazardous material releases to fires, explosions, chemical spills and other threats to the community. If there is eminent danger from an active threat, you will not be told to shelter in place but rather you will be told there is an active threat.


  • Isolate yourself from the external environment.
    • Select a small, interior room, with no or few windows.
    • Close exterior doors and windows close completely and seal all cracks.
    • Be prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to seal gaps so that you create a barrier between yourself and any contamination.
    • It is ideal to have a hard-wired telephone in the room you select (cell phone equipment may be overwhelmed or damaged in an emergency).
  • Turn off all fans, heating and air conditioning systems.
  • Inspect available supplies for biological needs.
  • Monitor communications (e.g. Dateline, WarnMe) for updates on the situation and the 'all-clear' message.
  • Stay inside the room until you have received an “all clear”.