Hazardous Materials and Sheltering in Place

Whether from an accidental spill or an intentional attack, hazardous materials can pose a great danger to you and your family. In the event of an emergency where hazardous materials may have been released into the atmosphere, authorities may instruct you to shelter in place. This is not the same as going to a shelter in case of a storm. Shelter-in-place means selecting a small, interior room with few or no windows and taking refuge.

If the need to shelter in place should arise, local authorities will make announcements through television and radio stations and NOAA weather radios.

How to shelter in place:

Sheltering-in-place is meant to protect you and your family for a few hours. According to experts, a tightly sealed, 10’ x 10’ room will have enough oxygen to last one person for about five hours.

Shelter-in-place techniques are effective because they are easily and quickly accomplished. In a matter of moments, you can be safe inside your pre-selected room. For more information about shelter-in-place, contact your local emergency management office.