- Identify a safe room in your home.
- It should be an interior room that is without windows
and is above ground level.
- It is ideal to have a hard-wired telephone, rather than
a cordless or cell phone.
- A word about BASEMENTS:
- You should AVOID the basement if the emergency is
NOT a tornado! If the emergency is some other typr of severe
weather event, your basement may become flooded. If the
emergency is a chemical release - especially a release
of chlorine or other gases that are heavier
than air -
these chemicals may seep into your basement even if the
windows are closed.
- However, basements are an ideal place to shelter IF
the emergency is a tornado. In that case, the immediate
threat is wind that may be strong enough to severely damage
rooms that are above ground level.
- Make sure you can access the items in your Emergency Kit and
a copy of your Emergency Action Plan.
- Close and lock all windows and exterior doors.
- If you are told there is danger of explosion, close the window
shades, blinds or curtains.
- Turn off all fans, heating and air conditioning systems
- Close the fireplace damper.
- In case the power goes out:
- Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest settings;
open them only when absolutely necessary and close quickly.
- Turn off major appliances to reduce the power surge when electricity
- Keep a supply of flashlights and extra batteries handy. Avoid
open flames, such as candles and kerosene lamps, as a source
- Remember to listen to your battery-powered-radio!
- Avoid elevators.
- Store drinking water in clean bathtubs, sinks, jugs, bottles and
- TIP: First sterilize bathtubs and sinks with bleach, then flush
with water to remove bleach.
- Check the items in your Emergency Kit and review your Emergency
- Keep your pets with you, and be sure to bring additional food and
water supplies for them.
- Go to the safe room you have chosen.
- It should be an interior room that is without windows and is
above ground level.
- It is ideal to have a hard-wired telephone, rather than a cordless
or cell phone.
- TIP: Unless the threat is a tornado, AVOID the basement. This
important during severe weather events, when your basement
may become flooded. It is also important during chemical
emergencies. Some chemicals are heavier than air, and may
seep into basements even if the windows are closed.
- Call the friend or family member you have identified as your family's
- Keep the phone available in case you need to report a life-threatening
- Keep listening to your radio or television until you are told all
is safe or until you are told to Evacuate or take other Protective
- Depending on the emergency, local officials may call for Evacuation
or Health-Related Actions in specific areas at greatest
risk in your community.