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If Officials Say to Evacuate …

Public safety officials may tell you an evacuation is ordered by using the Emergency Alert System (EAS), through television or local radio, the CodeRED notification system, NOAA Weather Radio, by emergency vehicle public address systems, or by door to door notification. If you are told to evacuate:

  • Pack a few essential items for yourself and family members. Plan to take:
  • A change of clothing for each family member;
  • Prescription medications, medical equipment (if needed) and important medical records;
  • Baby formula, diapers, strollers, etc. (if needed);
  • Identification and important personal papers;
  • Money, credit cards and checkbook;
  • Special diets foods (if needed);
  • Bedding, towels and personal hygiene products;
  • Put pets indoors, leaving them plenty of food and water;
  • Turn off stoves, ovens and space heaters;
  • Close and lock windows and doors.
  • Do NOT try to pick up children at their schools or day care centers. The children will be evacuated to "host schools" outside the area where they may be picked up. Your child's school will provide you with the location of their "host school" at the beginning of the school year.
  • Leave the area using the routes designated by local public safety officials at the time of the evacuation. Keep your car radio tuned to a local EAS radio station to be sure to hear the latest information and instructions.
  • In the event of an emergency involving hazardous materials, keep car windows and air vents closed. Do not use the heater or air conditioner except to circulate inside air.

If Officials Order Shelter-In-Place Protection
During A Hazardous Materials Emergency


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Public safety officials will tell you if shelter-in-place protection is ordered by using the means described in the evacuation section. If you are told to shelter-in-place, you should take the following actions.

  • Stay Calm
  • Go indoors. Take your family and pets inside your home or other shelter. Any building suitable for use during winter is safe for shelter-in-place protection.
  • Close all windows and outside doors.
  • Turn off heating and air conditioning systems, fans, vents and any systems which bring in outside air. Close vents and fireplace flues/dampers.
  • Go to the highest level above ground (NOT YOUR BASEMENT) and move to a central room that is windowless or with the fewest windows and doors.
  • Take your Emergency Supplies Kit including a portable radio with you to this room. Click here for information on Emergency Supplies Kits.
  • Seal the inside door of the room with tape and place damp towels across the bottom of it. Use plastic and duct tape to seal all windows, exhaust fans, vents, electric and cable outlets, heat/AC registers, and any other outside openings.
  • Use the phone for emergency calls only.
  • Stay tuned to television or radio EAS stations for updated information and instructions
  • When local authorities announce the end of the emergency, ventilate your home by opening doors and windows and go outside for a while.
Schools, Hospitals and Nursing Homes

Emergency plans have been developed for all schools, hospitals and nursing homes within Boone County. Their staffs are prepared to carry out their duties for shelter-in-place protection. DO NOT attempt to pick up your children from their schools unless advised to do so by local authorities.

What You Can Do Now !

You can prepare your family NOW by doing the following:

Develop an emergency plan for your family, school or business.

Put together an emergency supplies kit. Click here for more information.

Call the Boone County Emergency Management office TODAY at 334-2279 with any questions. Click here for more Shelter-In-Place information




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