If hazardous chemicals were accidentally released and contaminated the air, would you know how to protect yourself and your family? One of the best ways to be safe during this type of disaster is to “shelter in place.”
To shelter in place you need to:
1. Move everyone to an above ground room with the fewest windows and doors.
2. Shut off all fans, heating and air conditioning systems.
3. Cover doors, windows, and vents with plastic sheeting and duct tape.
4. Wet towels and place in cracks under doors.
5. Listen to the radio for updates and follow instructions from authorities carefully.
6. Do not leave until authorities tell you it is safe to leave your shelter or evacuate.
Having a prepared shelter-in-place kit allows you to react quickly.
The kit should include plastic sheeting cut to fit over your windows, duct tape, towels, bottles of water, snacks, flashlight, battery operated radio, extra batteries and scissors.
Shelter in place plans should not only be in place at home, they should be in place at businesses, churches, and schools.
Is there a shelter in place plan in your emergency response plan?
More information about how to shelter in place is available by calling 308-532-7383. You could also call LincUP Facilitator Lorre McKeone at 308-532-7246 to have a community leader come and speak about shelter in place to your community group or at your next safety meeting.
By Shelly Taylor, Lincoln County – Union Pacific Community Advisory Panel (LincUP) member.