When officials give directions during an emergency situation, they will generally tell you to do one of two things: Either “Stay” where you’re at …also referred to as Shelter-in-place, or “Go” … leave…Evacuate! If these instructions are being given, your safety depends on you complying immediately.
STAY / SHELTER-IN-PLACE
Officials will only instruct you to shelter-in-place when there is danger outside. That danger could be a hazardous materials release or even law enforcement activity. For maximum protection, stay inside or immediately go inside. Close and lock exterior doors and windows. Seek shelter in an interior room.
If the emergency is a hazardous materials incident, shut off heating or air conditioning
systems and anything that has an air vent (like a fireplace damper). Monitor radio or television or official social media for further instructions Make sure to stay inside until authorities give the “All clear!”
GO / EVACUATE
During an emergency or a disaster, you may be in danger of great bodily harm if you stay where you are. Leave early enough to avoid being trapped. Don’t wait for someone to tell you to go. When emergency officials do give an evacuation notice, it is time to leave without hesitation! Whether you’re evacuating a building or leaving your neighborhood, it’s important to take some time now to identify at least two ways out. If instructions are given, always follow recommended evacuation routes.
It’s a good idea to have a pre-designated meeting place where you and your loved ones can find each other if you need to leave your home or your neighborhood. Take a minute now to make a plan for each of those scenarios. It’s FREE – and like all disaster planning – it provides peace of mind.