A Shelter in Place order will be issued if the Regional District comes to the decision that it is unsafe for you to leave your property. This could be due to roads being closed due to storms or power outages. In more serious cases it could be due to toxic gas spills that could cause serious injury to your health. With Shelter in Place your emergency kit supplies will still be needed as well as extra measures to be taken to protect yourself from toxic gases, such as turning off ventilation systems, sealing windows and doors with thick plastic and duct tape. An evacuation order may still be issued after a Shelter in Place order to enable clean-up or if the danger transforms.
Things To Do To Shelter-In-Place
- Go indoors and stay there.
- Close all outside doors and every door inside the building.
- Close all windows.
- Do not use kitchen or bathroom vents.
- Set thermostats so air conditioners, furnaces and hot water heaters will not come on
- Do not use fireplaces. Close all dampers.
- Do not operate the clothes dryer
- Stay in an inside room away from windows and doors if possible.
- Reduce or avoid smoking as it contaminates the air.
- Do not leave the building until told to.
- Stay tuned to local television or radio for information.
- Do not use the telephone, leave the phone lines open for emergency
- A battery-operated (include batteries) or hand-crank AM/FM radio
- Plastic sheeting (Pre-cut to size to cover any windows & doors and labelled).
- Duct tape for sealing cracks around doors and windows.
- Alternate lighting, in the event of a power outage (i.e., candle free lantern/s, flashlight/s, headlights (keeps your hands free), batteries, and light-stick/s).
- Bottled water for drinking.
- Ready to eat, non-perishable snack foods.
- First-aid kit.
- Paper, pens, and a list of important phone numbers.
- Activities for younger children (colouring books, colouring pen)