In some emergencies, you may be told to shelter in place. This means that you should stay inside wherever you are and not go outside. You should:
Stay where you are until you are told it is safe.
If there is a chemical, nuclear or radiological emergency, you should also:
Turn off all vents that bring in outdoor air, like fans and air conditioners.
If you have a fireplace, close the damper.
WHAT DO I DO WHEN TOLD TO EVACUATE?
If you are told to evacuate, leave right away and take your emergency supply kit with you. Remember to take any medications or medical supplies you may need for the next few days with you, too. Depending on what’s happening, you will be told the safest way to evacuate and where to go. You can also get information from local TV and radio stations.
MONITOR AND LISTEN:
In an emergency, local officials may not be able to give you information and tell you what to do right away. Keep checking your local TV and radio stations, and the Internet for official news and information as it becomes available.
WHAT ABOUT PETS?
Long before an emergency happens, you should make a plan for what to do with your pets to make sure they're cared for if you have to evacuate your home. Call friends, family, veterinarians or boarding kennels outside of your neighborhood to make sure for care.
Remember, most pets aren’t allowed in Red Cross shelters. Only service animals who help people with disabilities will be allowed in. For more information on caring for your pets before, during and after an emergency, visit www.ready.gov/animals.
EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM
In Connecticut, we use the Emergency Alert System (EAS) during emergencies. When the EAS is activated, all TV and radio programs are stopped and an emergency message comes on. It is important that you listen to these instructions and stay tuned for more information. For a list of local Connecticut radio stations, go to www.ctba.org/stations.cfm
TIPS FOR COMMUNICATING IN AN EMERGENCY
In an emergency, many people may be trying to use their mobile and landline telephones at the same time. When large numbers of people try to make phone calls at the same time, it can make it hard for your call to go through. Here are ways to help keep the telephone networks working in an emergency: