What Does Shelter-in-Place Mean?

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How to Know When You Need to Shelter-In-Place

How to Shelter-In-Place
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Shelter-In-Place: Chemical Emergencies
Shelter-In-Place: Radiological Emergencies
Shelter-In-Place: Resources
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What Does Shelter-in-Place Mean?
"Shelter-in-place" means to take immediate shelter wherever you are — home, work, school or in between. Local authorities may instruct you to "shelter-in-place" if chemical or radiological contaminants are released into the environment, usually for just a few hours. This is a precaution aimed to keep you safe while remaining indoors.
Why Might You Need to Shelter-in-Place?
Chemical, biological, or radiological contaminants may be released accidentally or intentionally into the environment. Should this occur, information will be provided by local authorities on television and radio stations on how to protect you and your family. Because information will most likely be provided on television and radio, it is important to keep a TV or radio on, even during the workday. The important thing is for you to follow instructions of local authorities and know what to do if they advise you to shelter-in-place.

Shelter-in-Place Resources

Chemical Agents: Facts About Sheltering-in-Place

en Español
Agentes químicos: información sobre cómo refugiarse en el lugar donde se encuentre

Sheltering-in-Place during a Radiation Emergency

en Español
Refugiarse en el lugar donde se encuentre durante una emergencia por radiación