Sheltering in Place

If you are advised to shelter-in-place by local news, please follow these instructions:

  • Bring everyone inside (including pets).
  • Close all doors and windows.
  • Turn off and close all ventilation systems, including:
    • Air conditioning Attic & exhaust fans
    • Furnaces
    • Fireplace dampers

Determine what sector you are in and listen to an Emergency Alert System station (see Public Notification) for further directions.

When the outside air is no longer dangerous, an Emergency Alert System message will be released ending the shelter-in-place. Do not re-open the ventilation in your building or home until you receive the Emergency Alert System message.

Shelters may open for individuals who cannot return home because of a shelter-in-place. If you are affected in this manner, please listen to Emergency Alert System stations for a list of open shelters, or go to the home of a friend or relative outside the area of concern.