Shelter in Place

Shelter in Place is a protective instruction that officials may issue when an area is threatened by a chemical release. This may involve an industrial or transportation accident. For southeastern Fayette County and other areas near Richmond, it also could involve an accident at Blue Grass Army Depot’s chemical weapons stockpile.

A shelter-in-place order can also be issued for the threat of a civil disorder, active shooter, earthquake, flooding, tornado, winter blizzard, pandemic, thunderstorm or an accident involving radioactive materials.

Here’s a FEMA document that explains how to shelter-in-place for these varied situations.

If you’re deaf or hard of hearing, we have a video that’s signed and open-captioned that explains how to shelter in place.

When you shelter in place, you minimize the ways that outside air can carry chemicals into a building. Steps to take include:

  • Close and lock all windows and doors.
  • Turn off all fans, heating systems, and air conditioning systems.
  • Close all fireplace dampers.
  • Go to an upper-story interior room – preferably one without windows. Bring all pets with you. Also bring a battery-powered weather radio and extra batteries so you can continue to monitor emergency broadcasts.
  • Use duct tape and plastic sheeting to seal all cracks around the doors and windows, as well as any other vents. If you don’t have these supplies, you can improvise with damp towels.

To see if you live or work in the part of Fayette County that falls under the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program’s protective action zones (CSEPP PAZs), review the zone map:

This map shows Fayette County’s CSEPP protective zones. Zone 1 is in pink; Zone 2 is in yellow. Click the image for a larger version.

For detailed instructions on how to shelter in place, read this PDF document and watch the videos.

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Shelter in Place in the workplace:

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