SHELTER "IN PLACE"
Evacuation is a last resort. You will not be asked to evacuate unless the State, County, and/or Municipal Officials feel it is absolutely necessary to provide for your safety. Sometimes, there is no time to evacuate, this is often true in a hazardous materials incident for example, you may then be asked to shelter "in place". This means that you stay inside your home or whatever building you are in. Stay away from windows, doors and exterior walls if possible. If there is a threat of a storm, this is especially important. Branches, trees and other flying debris are extremely dangerous and could crash through doors and windows or even impale the walls. You may be asked to turn off all ventilation systems (heat and/or air conditioner) if there is a chemical spill. Listen to your local radio stations, television stations and emergency responders for this vital information.