What does “Shelter-in-Place” mean?

Shelter-in-Place orders are issued when it is safer for you to be sheltered indoors than for you to evacuate.

In severe weather,  you should:

  • Seek shelter in an interior room on the lowest-floor possible
  • Get underneath a sturdy table or object and hold on.
  • If you or your children have a bicycle helmet, put that on your/their head.
  • Turn on a battery-powered radio and tune it to local radio, or the National Weather Service Radio Service (if equipped)
  • DO NOT open windows or doors ahead of sheltering

In a hazardous material emergency, you should:

  • Close all windows and doors
  • Turn off all Air-Conditioning and Heating systems
  • Seek shelter in an interior room with the fewest doors possible
  • Use plastic sheeting and duct tape to create cover all doors, windows and vents in the space with at least two inches of space around the edge.
  • Turn on a battery-powered radio and tune it to local radio or use your smartphone to find information from official sources (such as houstonemergency.org).
  • When the all-clear is given by local authorities, open all windows and doors and air-out the structure, unless told to do otherwise

In law enforcement situation, if you are ordered to shelter-in-place:

  • Close and lock ALL windows and doors
  • if safe to do so, turn ON all exterior lights
  • Stay inside your home away from windows and doors
  • DO NOT open your door for ANYONE unless they show proper law enforcement identification.
  • Turn on a battery-powered radio and tune it to local radio or use your smartphone to find information from official sources (such as houstonemergency.org).

If you are in a situation where an active shooter is in close proximity, immediately attempt to Run. If you cannot run, then Hideas best you can.  If you cannot run or hide, then be prepared to Fight with anything you have at your disposal.  Watch the Run.Hide.Fight™ video for more information