Sheltering In Place
Whether you are at home, work or elsewhere, there may be situations when it's simply best to stay where you are and avoid any uncertainty outside.
There are other circumstances when staying put and creating a barrier between yourself and potentially contaminated air outside, a process known as "sealing the room," is a matter of survival. Use available information to assess the situation. If you see large amounts of debris in the air, or if local authorities say the air is badly contaminated, you may want to take this kind of action.
The process used to seal the room is considered a temporary protective measure to create a barrier between you and potentially contaminated air outside. It is a type of sheltering in place that requires pre-planning.
You may download a brochure developed by the St. Louis County LEPC to share with friends and family who may not have access to this website. There is also a version for children available for download.
To "Shelter In Place and Seal a Room"
You should watch TV, listen to the radio or check the Internet often for official news and instructions as they become available.
Learn How And When To Turn Off Utilities:
If there is damage to your home or you are instructed to turn off your utilities:
If you turn the gas off, a professional must turn it back on. Do not attempt to do this yourself.