One of the the instruction may be given in an emergency where hazardous materials maybe released into the atmosphere or during sever weather is to shelter-in-place. This is a precaution aimed to keep people safe while remaining indoors.
Select a room with the fewest windows or vents.
- Bring everyone into the room. Shut and lock the door. Ask others in the area to stay – not leave.
- Close and lock all windows, exterior door, and any other openings to the outside.
- Larger hailstones can shatter windows, so stay away from windows, skylights and doors. Close any blinds to prevent the wind from blowing broken glass inside.
- If you are told there is danger of explosion, close the window shades, blinds or curtains.
- Use duct tape and plastic sheet (e.g. garbage bags to seal all cracks around the door and any vents into the room.
- During sever weather conditions stay away from windows, do not come in contact with metal items or use cell phones (during thunderstorms), stay out of pedways, and possibly go to the bottom level of the building (during tornadoes).
- Do not go outside unless it is urgent.
- Watch out for large trees – they may fall during a severe storm.
If you are outside, move immediately to shelter.
In the case of a tornado, go immediately to the lowest level of the building or a closet, a bathroom or under a staircase. Interior washrooms are an ideal area.
If evacuation is required:
- Secure equipment, etc.
- Shut off source of gas and power.
- Take personal items with you.
- Do not lock doors.
- Notify emergency services of mobility challenged individuals.
- Exit via nearest exit.
Be prepared to remain on site until the all clear is given.
You may receive notification of individuals with special medical needs (e.g.: diabetes, etc.). Ensure that you advise health services or emergency personal.