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Occupational Safety & Health Unit

Emergency Action Plan – Shelter-in-Place

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As the name implies, Shelter-in-Place is a directive to remain at one’s current location and take cover due to an impending or in-progress hazardous event. A Shelter-in-Place can be issued for any number of events and can affect a business, a building, or a community. An example can be the release of hazardous gases or fumes from a manufacturing facility. Another example could be an incident involving a dangerous person or situation.

The authorities use several methods to notify individuals and businesses of a Shelter-in-Place requirement. Notices can be given using a distinctive audible alarm, verbally through the telephone network, the media, or in person, or electronically using email, text, or the internet.

Shelter-in-Place is also part of the Emergency Action Plan standards. However, it is distinct from moving to a shelter as a refuge from flooding or other disasters.

To get more information on the applicability of shelter-in-place protocols for a specific County operation please contact the corresponding departmental Safety Coordinator.

For further information on specific regulatory guidelines please refer to the link(s) below:

Emergency Action Plan

OSHA e-Tool (Shelter-in-Place specific)

CDC Shelter-in-Place Guidelines

Homeland Security Guidelines

US EPA Shelter-in-Place Guidelines