Shelter-in-place events are usually weather related emergencies. When it is necessary to shelter-in-place, you will be safest by moving inside to a building space that protects you from the danger. DO NOT lock doors behind you as others may also need to shelter-in-place.
How Do I Shelter-in-Place?
- REMAIN CALM!
- Immediately seek shelter inside the closest sturdy building. Do not wait until you physically see a tornado or severe weather event to react.
- Resist the temptation to go outside and check the weather conditions yourself.
- Once inside, stay away from windows, glass, and unsecured objects that may fall.
- Seek shelter in interior rooms and corridors.
- Avoid large free-standing expanses such as auditoriums and gymnasiums.
- DO NOT use elevators.
- Await further instruction from VT Alerts and emergency personnel.
- DO NOT leave until an “All Clear” is received.
During a tornado, seek shelter on the lowest level possible. If warranted, consider crouching near the floor and seeking additional shelter under a sturdy desk or table, or cover your head with your hands.
Remember, always use common sense. There are exceptions to all guidance and prescribed directions.
- Watch: Conditions are favorable for the development of severe weather. Closely monitor the situation in case it gets worse.
- Warning: Severe weather has actually been observed. Listen closely to instructions provided by weather radios/emergency officials.
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