Many of the companies in the Mapleton CAP use chemicals that would be a safety hazard if a large amount were to be accidentally released.  Many layers of protection are built into our facilities to prevent such events. Sheltering-in-place is an important element to the prevention planning that we do.

“Shelter-in-place” means to take immediate shelter where you are—at home, work, school, or in between. It may also mean “seal the room;” in other words, take steps to prevent outside air from coming in. This is because local authorities may instruct you to “shelter-in-place” if chemical or radiological contaminants are released into the environment. It is important to listen to TV or radio to understand whether the authorities wish you to merely remain indoors or to take additional steps to protect yourself and your family.

How do I prepare?

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.
  • Develop your own family emergency plan so that every family member knows what to do. Practice it regularly.
  • Assemble a disaster supplies kit that includes emergency water and food supplies.


Emergency Supply List from FEMA


How will I know when I need to “shelter-in-place”?

Fire or police department warning procedures could include:

  • “All-Call” telephoning – an automated system for sending recorded messages, sometimes called “reverse 9-1-1”.
  • Emergency Alert System (EAS) broadcasts on the radio or television.
  • Outdoor warning sirens or horns.
  • News media sources – radio, television and cable.
  • NOAA Weather Radio alerts.


For more information, contact any of the following:

  • Your state and local health departments


Information excerpted from Centers for Disease Control Website accessed 10-16-2014