Whether you are at home, work, or elsewhere, there may be situations when it’s simply best to stay where you are and avoid uncertainty outside. In fact, there are some circumstances where staying put and creating a barrier between yourself and potentially contaminated air outside, a process known as “sheltering in place” in a sealed room is the best answer. Plan in advance where you will take shelter in this kind of an emergency.
Choose an Interior Room
Choose an interior room or one with as few windows, doors and vents as possible. Consider precutting plastic sheeting to seal windows, doors and vents. Each piece should be larger than the space you want to cover so that it lies flat against the wall. Label each piece with location of where it fits. Use duct tape to seal the plastic to the wall.
Assess the Situation
Use available information to assess the situation. If you see large amounts of debris in the air or if authorities say the air is badly contaminated you may want to SIP and seal the room. Quickly bring your family and pets inside, lock and close windows, air vents and fireplace dampers, Turn off air conditioning and go into the room you have designated. Seal all windows doors and vents with plastic sheeting and duct tape or anything else you have on hand. Listen to the TV, radio or check the internet for instructions.
Shelter in Place Doesn't Usually Last Very Long
Shelter in place is usually expected to last for no more than 4 to 6 hours.