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Finding shelter may involve going to the home of a relative or friend, to an area hotel or to a designated shelter located outside the danger zone. The announcement of a shelter(s) will be announced via all available media outlets based on the emergency condition.

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Potential shelters may include a school, business, fairgrounds, conference center, etc.

The actual shelter location(s) will be
designated by law enforcement and shared
via various media outlets.


Pets are not allowed at public shelters except for official service and assistance animals. 

Owners are responsible for finding suitable arrangements for their pets with a relative, friend, boarding facility, etc. PRIOR to an emergency.


Sheltering in Place

    Whether you are at home, work or elsewhere, there may be situations when it's simply best to stay where you are and "shelter in place" to avoid any uncertainty outside.

    There may be circumstances when staying put and creating a barrier between yourself and potentially contaminated air outside, a process known as "sealing the room," is a matter of survival.

    Use common sense and available information to assess the situation and determine if there is immediate danger. If you see large amounts of debris in the air, or if local authorities say the air is badly contaminated, you may want to take this kind of action.

    The process used to seal the room is considered a temporary protective measure to create a barrier between you and potentially contaminated air outside. It is a type of sheltering in place that requires preplanning.

  • Bring your family and pets inside.

  • Lock doors, close windows, air vents and fireplace dampers.

  • Turn off fans, air conditioning and forced air heating systems.

  • Take your emergency supply kit unless you have reason to believe it has been contaminated.

  • Go into an interior room with few windows, if possible.

  • Seal all windows, doors and air vents with 2-4 mil. thick plastic sheeting and duct tape. Consider measuring and cutting the sheeting in advance to save time.

  • Cut the plastic sheeting several inches wider than the openings and label each sheet.

  • Duct tape plastic at corners first and then tape down all edges.

  • Be prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to seal gaps so that you create a barrier between yourself and any contamination.

  • Local authorities may not immediately be able to provide information on what is happening and what you should do. However, you should watch TV, listen to the radio or check the Internet often for official news and instructions as they become available.

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As you build your own preparedness kit, be sure you have one for your pets, too. This includes food, crate, collar with ID tag, leash, medications, etc.

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