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EMERGENCY RESPONSE: Deciding When to Evacuate Your Apartment
Depending on the circumstances, the first decision is whether to stay or go. If it is not possible to get information from authorities or news, we need to use common sense and whatever information is available. If you have any doubts, stay where you are.
Staying In. In the event of hazardous materials being released into the air, whether accidentally or intentionally, we may need to "Shelter-in-Place." This does not mean going to a shelter, but rather, that it may be temporarily safer to stay indoors. If you see large amounts of debris in the air, or if authorities say the air is badly contaminated, you may want to stay inside.
To "Shelter-in-Place", Ready.gov recommends the following:
• Bring your family and pets inside
FEMA – "Deciding to Stay or Go" http://www.ready.gov/stay_or_go.html
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