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

Evacuations: At Home

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  • Close and lock all windows and exterior doors.

  • If you are told there is danger of explosion, close the window shades, blinds or curtains.

  • Turn off all fans, heating and air conditioning systems.

  • Close the fireplace damper.

  • Get your family disaster supplies kit and make sure the radio, TV, or weather alert radio is working.

  • Go to an interior room without windows that's above ground level. In the case of a chemical threat, an above-ground location is preferable because some chemicals are heavier than air, and may seep into basements even if the windows are closed.

  • Bring your pets with you, and be sure to bring additional food and water supplies for them.

  • It is ideal to have a hard-wired telephone in the room you select. Call your emergency contact and have the phone available if you need to report a life-threatening condition. Cellular telephone equipment may be overwhelmed or damaged during an emergency.

  • Use duct tape and plastic sheeting (heavier than food wrap) to seal all cracks around the door and any vents into the room.

  • Keep listening to your radio or television until you are told all is safe or you are told to evacuate. Local officials may call for evacuation in specific areas at greatest risk in your community.

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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