Preparedness KPEPC


At Home

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.

Instructions for Shelter-In-Place at Home:

• Close and lock all windows and exterior doors.
• If you are told there is danger of explosion, close the window shades, blinds, or curtains.
• Turn off all fans, heating and air conditioning systems.
• Close the fireplace damper.

• Get your family Shelter-In-Place Kit and make sure the radio is working.

• Go to an interior room without windows that's above ground level. In the case of a chemical threat, an above-ground location is preferable because some chemicals are heavier than air and may seep into basements even if the windows are closed.
• Bring your pets with you, and be sure to bring additional food and water supplies for them.
• It is ideal to have a hard-wired telephone in the room you select.  Cellular telephone equipment may be overwhelmed or damaged during an emergency.  However, do not use the phone except to report life-threatening emergencies.  Unnecessary use of the phone may tie up lines needed by emergency responders. 
• Use duct tape and plastic sheeting (heavier than food wrap) to seal all cracks around the door, windows and any vents into the room.
• Keep listening to your radio or television until you are told all is safe or you are told to evacuate. Local officials may call for evacuation in specific areas at greatest risk in your community.
• After an emergency when you hear the "all clear" message over the emergency broadcast system, you should:
         o Open doors and windows.
         o Turn on your heating/cooling system to ventilate the house.
         o Go outside