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Power Outage


·         Keep freezers and refrigerators closed.

·         Only use generators outdoors and away from windows.

·         Do not use a gas stove to heat your home.

·         Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges.

·         Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or using power-dependent medical                      devices.

·         If safe, go to an alternate location for heat or cooling.

·         Check on neighbors. (Source ready.gov)


There may be a time when an emergency takes place in our community due to a hazardous materials release. The outside air quality may be affected to the point that it isn't safe to be outside or to evacuate. In a case like this it is usually safer to shelter-in-place until wind disperses and moves the material away.

Here are some tips for sheltering in place:

  • Local authorities may not immediately be able to provide information on what is happening and what you should do.
  • Watch TV and listen to the radio or check the Internet often for official news and instructions as they become available.
  • Bring your family and pets inside.
  • Lock doors, close windows, air vents and fireplace dampers.
  • Turn off fans, air conditioning and forced air heating systems.
  • Take your emergency supply kit unless you have reason to believe it has been contaminated.
  • Go into an interior room with few windows if possible.
  • Seal all windows, doors and air vents with thick plastic sheeting and duct tape. Consider measuring and cutting the sheeting in advance to save time.
  • Cut the plastic sheeting several inches wider than the openings and label each sheet.
  • Duct tape plastic at corners first and then tape down all edges.
  • Be prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to seal gaps so that you create a barrier between yourself and any contamination.

“Sealing a room” is considered a temporary protective measure to create a barrier between you and potentially contaminated air outside. This type of sheltering in place requires pre-planning, by purchasing plastic sheeting and duct tape that you would keep in your  emergency supply kit. (Source ready.gov) 

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