What does "shelter in place" mean?
In response to certain emergency situations, especially chemical incidents, first responders may ask residents to "shelter in place". This is a precaution aimed to keep you safe while remaining indoors. "Shelter in place" means select a small, interior room with as few windows as possible, and take refuge there. The heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC) should be shut down to create a neutral air pressure environment, which will help prevent any contaminated air from entering the facility. Should this occur, information will be provided by local authorities on television and radio stations on how to protect you and your family. Shelter in place can also apply to adverse weather conditions such as snow storms and hurricanes.

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1. What should I do to be prepared in case of an emergency?
2. Where can I find information on creating a personal or business emergency response plan?
3. Why is planning so important?
4. If there is an emergency at work, what should I do to be prepared there?
5. I have a disability and live alone. What should I do to be prepared in case of emergency?
6. What does "shelter in place" mean?
7. How can I obtain information in an emergency?
8. Where can I find information on closings and delays?
9. How does the County prepare for an emergency?
10. What will Frederick County do for me in an emergency?
11. What is a State of Emergency?
12. What is the Snow Emergency Plan?
13. What is the difference between a weather watch and warning?
14. What if the County has to be evacuated? What will the County do for me?
15. Does Frederick County have shelters if we have to evacuate or relocate?
16. I have a disability and do not drive. How will I evacuate if I am told to evacuate? Will the County provide transportation for me?
17. I have a home daycare and am required to list two evacuation sites. What do I use?