Chemical Agents: Facts About Sheltering in Place
What "sheltering in place" means
Some kinds of
accidents or attacks may make going outdoors dangerous. Leaving the area might
take too long or put people in harm's way. In such a case it may be safer for
people to stay indoors than to go outside.
How to prepare to shelter in place
choose a room in their house or apartment for their shelter. The best room to
use for the shelter is a room with as few windows and doors as possible. A large
room, preferably with a water supply, is desirable-something like a master
bedroom that is connected to a bathroom. For chemical events, this room should
be as high in the structure as possible to avoid vapors (gases) that sink. This
guideline is different from the sheltering-in-place technique used in tornadoes
and other severe weather, when the shelter should be low in the home.