Wednesday, June 15, 2011

What is Shelter in Place?

Today in Portland, an ammonia leak at Alpenrose Dairy caused a brief employee evacuation and Shelter in Place orders for the neighborhood within a short distance around the area. Although the "All Clear" was given and this didn't affect Clark County, we wanted to provide you this opportunity to learn about Sheltering in Place if this were to ever happen in your area. What is it? In simple terms, stay inside or go in the nearest building until the emergency is over. Shelter in Place orders may be required anytime local officials tell you to seek safe shelter due to a possible chemical, radiological or biological emergency.

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.

    For more information see

    And, while you're at it...please sign up your wireless phones and Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VOIP) phones on our out-bound dialing emergency notification system. See Be Informed section - Alerts By Phone. This associates your wireless and VOIP phones to your home address.

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