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How can I prepare for shelter-in-place at home?

Shelter-in-place means to take immediate shelter where you are. Take the following steps to prepare for shelter-in-place at home:

  • Choose a room in advance for your shelter. The best room is one with as few windows and doors as possible. A large room, preferably with a water supply, is desirable—something like a master bedroom that is connected to a bathroom.
  • Contact your workplaces, your children's schools, nursing homes where you may have family members and your local town or city officials to find out what their plans are for shelter-in-place.
  • Find out when warning systems will be tested. When tested in your area, determine whether you can hear or see sirens and/or warning lights from your home.
  • Assemble a disaster supplies kit that includes emergency water and food supplies for your at-home shelter.

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