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Emergency Guide Shelter-in-Place

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Part I: Essential Information for Emergency Preparedness


Contrary to the natural instinct to flee from danger, staying where you are  may provide the safest alternative Shelter-in-place is a simple and effective strategy of self-protection using the barriers and isolation provided by a building.  All that is required is to:
  • Get into, or stay, inside a building – if possible, go to an interior room with no exterior openings
  • Secure the building – secure the interior room
  • Wait until the threat has ended and authorities give an “all clear”
Shelter-in-place can be effectively used during:
  • Active shooter incidents
  • Chemical, biological, radiological, and hazardous material emergencies
  • Severe weather
  • Tornado Hurricane
  • Severe thunderstorm
  • Severe winter storm
Emergencies of an unknown nature:
  • Armed hostage or barricaded person
  • Robbery in-progress
  • Riot or other violent confrontation
  • Active shooter
  • Explosive device
  • Other unanticipated threat
Additional Information on shelter-in-place is available on the following website: The American Red Cross