Shelter in Place

You may be instructed to shelter-in-place, which means you should immediately go indoors. If a shelter-in-place message is given for your community over the Emergency Alert System radio station, you should do the following:

  • Go indoors and close all doors and windows.
  • Choose a location on the lower level and as near the center of your home as possible. Avoid being near windows or exterior doors.
  • Turn off all window fans, air conditioners, clothes dryers, kitchen and bath exhaust fans, and other sources of outside air.
  • Continue to listen to an EAS radio station for official messages and instructions.
  • Keep pets indoors.
  • If you have livestock, shelter them too. Give them stored feed and water from a covered source.
  • Stay inside until officials say otherwise. If you must go outside, cover your nose and mouth with a folded, damp cloth. Persons with respiratory disorders should not go out at all.
  • If you are traveling in a motor vehicle in the affected area, close the windows and air vents and turn off the heater or air conditioner. Keep the radio tuned to an EAS station.
  • Go inside a nearby building. If none is available, leave the area immediately.
  • If sheltering-in-place is recommended during school hours, children will be sheltered in the school building and cared for by school personnel.
  • DO NOT use your telephone unless you need special assistance.

Contact Information

Headquarters
45 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671-1300
(800) 347-0488
(802) 244-8721
(888) 545-7598 (TTY)

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