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Posted on: April 30, 2019

What Does "Shelter-in-Place" Really Mean?

Shelter in place News Flash

When officials tell you to shelter-in-place, do you know what that means?
Educate your family on how to quickly shelter-in-place.

There are three important steps to shelter-in-place.

Seek the nearest enclosed structure, whether it's a house, business, garage or vehicle.  If you know of any unattended child in your neighborhood, call them and tell them to remain indoors.  Keep any pets inside also.  Gather emergency supplies like a portable radio, flashlight and extra batteries.

Close all doors, windows and other sources of outside air.  Turn off air conditioning or heating systems and close the fireplace damper to keep chemical vapors from entering.  Ceiling fans or rotary fans inside the building can be safely used to keep cool.

Cover any gaps, holes or cracks with wet towels or sheets to prevent vapors from entering your home.  If you have trouble breathing, contact 9-1-1 and cover your nose and mouth with a damp washcloth, then take slow, shallow breaths and try to stay calm.

Stay off the telephone.  City officials may try to telephone your home or business using the city's computerized telephone notification system.  Do not call police, fire or 9-1-1 unless you are reporting an emergency at your location.  Overloaded phone circuits may keep actual emergency calls from getting through.

Updates from the City will be available through the following:
Television:  Deer Park TV on Comcast Cable Channel 16 or AT&T U-Verse Channel 99
Radio:  KUHF-FM 88.7 or KTRH-AM 740
Facebook:  Deer Park Office of Emergency Management 
Twitter:  @deerparkoem

The community is also encouraged to register for emergency notifications through CodeRED.

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