Shelter in Place or Evacuate? That is the Question! Chemical releases and accidents involving gasoline, oil, paints and other hazardous materials could cause a wide range of serious injuries and possibly death from exposure to vapors, fumes and smoke. Sometimes, local officials may ask the public to protect themselves by staying inside their homes, cars and offices. This technique is known as Shelter-In-Place. At other times, local officials may order an evacuation to remove you away from the hazard. This page directs you to information about either of the most common methods used by local emergency officials to keep you as safe as possible. Evacuation or Shelter-In-Place orders may come with little or no warning.
If you should need assistance evacuating in an emergency – Dial 911.