TO: ALL WEST VIRGINIA ARES MEMBERS (OFFICIAL)
ALL ARES AND NON-ARES AMATEURS ANYWHERE (INFORMATION)
FROM: KEN HARRIS WA8LLM WV SECTION EMERGENCY COORDINATOR
WOOD COUNTY EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS INCORPORATED
WV ARES BULLETIN NR 10.28 DATE: July 11, 2010
SUBJECT: SHELTER IN PLACE.
What is "Shelter in Place"? This has been a term that is becoming more popular. "Shelter in Place" is a term used to advise the general public to take shelter in case of a Hazardous Material incident that may have released, or is releasing, a toxic or non- toxic material or chemical into the air.
Most substances that are released into the air, due to an accident are not deadly, even though they may smell bad. It has been proven that it is safer to stay where you are, than to risk exposing victims directly to the material or chemical.
Public officials will use this method more often than having victims move to a different location. Asking people to go out in the air where the material or chemical might be, are too risky, and may cause more injuries than having them stay where they are.
Whether at school, home, work, or play, if you are inside a building stay there, and "Shelter in Place".
(Reprint, with modification of, WV ARES District 3 Bulletin 04.40)
Ken Harris WA8LLM
Wood County WV
WV ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
WV ARES District 3 Emergency Coordinator