Shelter In Place. Shelter In Place or Evacuate? Considerations in Emergency Response. Introduction. Shelter-in-place and evacuation are recognized protective measures which are employed when responding to emergencies.
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Shelter In Place or Evacuate?
Considerations in Emergency Response
1. Is there enough time to organize a safe and orderly evacuation?
NO – then always advise people to shelter in place with doors and windows closed;
YES – then the next and much more difficult question is:
2. Is it likely more people will be harmed if they try to evacuate rather than shelter in place?
The Shelter In Place decision chart can be used to help determine which action will harm the least number of people.
“If the building is not on fire or filling with explosive / toxic gases; tell people to stay inside!
… evacuate when time and safety can be assured.”