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How to shelter in place

In case of a chemical spill, sour gas leak, severe windstorm or tornado, you may be asked to “shelter-in-place.” This means take immediate shelter indoors where you are – at home, at school, or at work. You will be notified when it’s safe to come out. Usually this will only be for a few hours.


How do I shelter-in-place?

  1. Act quickly and follow the instructions of local authorities.
  2. Stay indoors. If you are outside, go indoors and remain indoors. If you are in a vehicle and unable to seek shelter indoors, turn off your
    vehicle, close all the windows and turn off all ventilation systems.
  3. Turn off any appliances that circulate air throughout your home. These include fans, air conditioners, heaters, and your furnace.
  4. Close all windows and doors. The best place to shelter is in a room with few windows or doors. Shelter in an interior room (one without windows, if possible) that is above ground level. Bring your 72-hour emergency kit
    with you.
  5. If the odour is strong, seal the room with damp towels at the base of the door. You can breathe through a damp towel to filter the air.
  6. Monitor local media until you are told all is safe, or until you are advised to evacuate. Signing up for emergency alerts will help you stay informed.
If you or a family member experience respiratory distress, call 9-1-1. Those with chronic conditions and breathing difficulties may be more affected and should seek medical attention as soon as possible.