East Baton Rouge Parish is one of the most prepared cities in
country. Adhering to the advice given by the local officials could
save your life during an imposing incident and/or event. Once a
“Shelter-in-Place” has been issued, there are several things to
- Cover all doors, windows and vents with 2-4 mil. thick plastic sheeting.
- Cut the plastic sheeting several inches wider than the openings and label each sheet.
- Duct tape plastic at corners first, then tape down all edges.
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 preplanning.
To "Shelter in Place and Seal the Room"
- 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 plastic sheeting and duct
tape. Consider measuring and cutting the sheeting in advance to save
- 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.
- Local authorities may not immediately be able to provide information
on what is happening and what you should do. However, 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:
- Locate the electric, gas and water shut-off valves.
- Keep necessary tools near gas and water shut-off valves.
- Teach family members how to turn off utilities.
- If you turn the gas off, a professional must turn it back on.
Do not attempt to do this yourself.