Sheriff's Office

Shelter in Place - Chemical - Home


  1. Discuss shelter in place plans with family.
  2. Select a room or rooms to serve as shelter rooms for family members and pets during a chemical exposure.
    • Rooms should be large enough to provide 10 square feet per person sheltered.
    • Room(s) should have few, if any, windows.
  3. Prepare a shelter kit.

Shelter Kit

  • Plastic sheeting to cover windows and vents.
  • Plastic duct tape to secure plastic over windows/vents and to seal doors.
  • Battery operated radios with fresh batteries.
  • Flashlight with fresh batteries.
  • Bottled water, medications, nonperishable food, and pet food.
  • First Aid Kit.
  • Phone + charger to receive emergency instruction.


  1. Go inside and take any pets with you.
  2. Close and lock all windows and doors.
  3. Turn off fans, air conditioner, furnace. Close fireplace damper.
  4. Use duct tape and plastic sheeting to cover windows and vents.
  5. Put duct tape around door to seal room from outside air.
  6. If plastic sheeting is not available, place towels, sheets, or clothing in the vents and under the door.
  7. Turn on radio or mobile news app.

All Clear

  • All clear will be provided from police fire or other local officials.
  • Follow instructions received from police, fire or other local officials for what to do when you go outside to make sure you stay safe.

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