It is each person’s responsibility to acquaint themselves with locations of emergency equipment, emergency exits and general evacuation routes of each building they occupy. If during an emergency situation evacuation is not a possibility a sheltering in place strategy should be considered.
Things to remember if sheltering in place:
- Stay in a location that can be protected from the hazard and easily located by emergency first responders (stairwells, rooms with exterior windows, etc..)
- Protect yourself from the hazard ( close all openings where smoke or odors may enter a room, open windows for fresh air, check doors for heat prior to opening, etc,..)
- Notify first responders of your location (call, text, put a sign in or hang a piece of clothing, sheet or other article out an exterior window).