Shelter-in-Place Information

It is important to know how to "Shelter-in-Place". During incidents involving the accidental or deliberate release of toxic chemicals or other dangerous materials you may be advised to Shelter in Place. Sheltering in Place is not difficult and could be the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones.

The following links will take you to documents and other information about sheltering in place:

  • Model Shelter-in-Place Plan for Businesses. You can use this model plan to craft a shelter-in-place program for your office building. A plan agreed to ahead of time by all employees will help insure smooth enactment of protective measures if there is a nearby chemical emergency. The plan is 14 pages. PDF format.
  • Sheltering in Place as a Public Protective Action (Shelter In Place Case Study). This study completed in June 2001 provides a look at chemical accidents where sheltering in place was used as a public protective action. 48 pages. PDF format.
  • How to Shelter-in-Place. Here is what you need to do before a chemical emergency exists, what you should do during the emergency, and what to do after it's over. HTML.
  • Research Reports This link will take you to shelter-in-place research reports and other information prepared for the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program and FEMA. One publication of particular current interest is: "Will Duct Tape and Plastic Really Work? Issues Related To Expedient Shelter-In-Place" This site is hosted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
  • Effectiveness of Shelter in Place. Shelter in Place is used across the country as a protective action for the public. But even before formal sheltering in place was common, examples of the effectiveness of staying indoors during chemical emergencies exist. This document in PDF format (209KB) cites a few examples from around the United States.
  • CSEPP Protective Action Toolkit.  You'll find a number of studies and useful information on this Oak Ridge National Laboratory website.

Kids!! Check this out!

If you are a parent who wants to help your children prepare for emergencies or if you are a kid who wants to learn more about disasters to help your family prepare you might want to look at the Federal Emergency Management Agency Kids Page or at the Department of Homeland Security "Ready Kids" page.

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