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1220 W College St, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 • Phone: (615) 898-7764 • Fax: (615) 898-7640

Evacuations: In Your Car

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If you are driving a vehicle and hear advice to "shelter-in-place" on the radio, take these steps:

  • If you are very close to home, your office or a public building, go there immediately and go inside. Follow the shelter-in-place recommendations for the place you pick described above.

  • If you are unable to get to a home or building quickly and safely, then pull over to the side of the road. Stop your vehicle in the safest place possible. If it is sunny outside, it is preferable to stop under a bridge or in a shady spot to avoid being overheated.

  • Turn off the engine.

  • Close windows and vents.

  • If possible, seal the heating/air conditioning vents with duct tape.

  • Listen to the radio regularly for updated advice and instructions.

  • Stay where you are until you are told it is safe to get back on the road. Be aware that some roads may be closed or traffic detoured. Follow the directions of law enforcement officials.

Local officials on the scene are the best source of information for your particular situation.
Follow their instructions during and after emergencies.

Remember that instructions to shelter-in-place are usually provided for durations of only a few hours, not days or weeks.


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