Sheltering in place means staying inside with all doors and windows closed and ventilation systems turned off. Sheltering in place reduces exposure to radioactive materials. It reduces the chance of inhaling or receiving body surface contamination from radioactive materials if they pass overhead. 

If You Are Directed to Shelter in Place: 

  • Gather members of your household and pets inside the nearest building.
  • If children are at school, DO NOT pick them up unless you are directed to do so
    (if schools are sheltering in place they will not open their doors).
  • If you are not at home, shelter in the building nearest you.
  • If you are in transit, you should enter a nearby building or leave the affected area if you are unable to find shelter.
  • Shut and tightly seal all doors and windows. Use duct tape and heavy plastic sheeting or place towels to fill gaps in door frames or windows. Be prepared to improvise and use what you have available
  • Turn off systems that bring in outside air. These include furnaces, fireplaces, air conditioners, vents and clothes dryers.
  • Move to the center of the house or building.
  • Keep a radio with you to stay tuned to local radio stations for continuing information
  • If you must go outside, place a damp cloth or towel over your mouth and nose. This will limit the amount of radioactive materials you breathe in. Limit your time outside as much as possible.
  • Stay tuned to your local radio or television stations in case the situation changes or until an “all clear” is issued