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Shelter In Place

Contrary to the natural instinct to flee from danger, staying where you are may provide the safest alternative

Shelter-in-place is a simple and effective strategy of self-protection using the barriers and isolation provided by a building.

  • Get into, or stay, inside a building  if possible, go to an interior room with no exterior openings
  • Secure the building  secure the interior room
  • Wait until the threat has ended and authorities give an all clear
  • Shelter-in-place can be effectively used during:

    Active shooter incidents;
    Chemical, biological, radiological, and hazardous material emergencies;
    Severe thunderstorm;
    Severe winter storm;
    Emergencies of an unknown nature: Armed hostage or barricaded person Robbery in-progress Riot or other violent confrontation Active shooter Explosive device Other unanticipated threat.

Additional Information on shelter-in-place is available on The American Red Cross website