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Tri-EPIC Regional Emergency Planning Committee
Core Members: Towns of Brimfield, Charlton, Douglas, Dudley, Oxford, Southbridge, Sturbridge, Webster, and Harrington Memorial Hospital
in partnership with: American Red Cross, Central MA EMS Corp., Central Region Homeland Security Council,
MA Emergency Management Agency, MA State Police, Overlook Life Care, Radius Healthcare
Response - Shelter in Place

It is important to listen to Emergency Officials during a disaster because directions they give will likely save your life. One direction Emergency Officials may give is to "Shelter-in-Place." This is likely advised during a hazardous incident. Shelter-in-place should only be enacted when directed by emergency officials.

Know what to do to Shelter-in-Place:
  • Pick out a designated interior "safe room" ahead of time. This room should have the fewest doors and windows.
  • Your emergency supplies should be stored inside your safe room or be easily accessible nearby.
  • If directed by emergency officials to shelter-in-place, go inside immediately and close all doors and windows.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a wet cloth.
  • Turn off ventilation systems. Close fireplace dampers.
  • Go to your safe room and use plastic sheeting and duct tape to seal all windows, doors, and vents.
  • Dampen towels and place in the crack under the door.
  • Listen for Emergency Alert System messages on radio or television outlets.
  • Wait for additional instructions. Emergency officials will tell you when it is safe to air out your building.
Know where to go if Shelter-in-Place order is issued:
  • If at home, work or school: stay inside and shelter-in-place.
  • If outdoors, go into a building or vehicle and shelter-in-place.
  • If in a parked car, shelter-in-place inside the vehicle. Do not start the engine. Close all doors, windows, events, and ventilation systems. Turn your radio on to listen for Emergency Alert System messages.
  • If driving, continue to do so unless otherwise directed by emergency officials or traffic control. Shelter-in-place as you would for a parked vehicle. If your vehicle stalls, do not restart the engine.
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