Sheltering Tips

There are several things that you can do to ensure optimized protection and safety during a disaster.

What to Do

You should consider doing the following when sheltering:
  • Do choose locations that do not contain dangerous debris.
  • Dangerous debris may include:
    • Book shelves
    • File cabinets
    • Glass and/or breakable objects
    • Items not anchored down
    • Lockers
    • Paper cutters
    • Vending machines
  • Do choose locations that exist in the interior of the building.
  • Do choose locations that have no windows.
  • Do choose locations that have supported walls and ceilings.
  • Do put as many walls between you and the storm as possible.
    • Interior rooms on the ground floor are ok if no below ground rooms exist.
    • Rooms below ground level are preferred.

What to Avoid

You should consider avoiding the following when sheltering:
  • Don't identify an area that is difficult to access by individuals with special physical needs.
  • Don't identify an area that is exposed to the outside.
  • Don't identify in rooms that are routinely locked.
  • Don't identify a room or closet that is full of debris, hazardous chemicals or utilities.
  • Don't identify rooms that are large with high ceilings.
  • Don't identify rooms with glass windows, trophy cases or skylights.