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*What type of event would require sheltering-in-place?
Emergency officials would likely advise individuals to shelter-in-place when the chemical is expected to dissipate in a short time period, there is not time to evacuate, or chemical fumes could quickly overtake you if you do not seek shelter immediately.
*Medications in an emergency kit
*Can you clarify your recommendations on the storage of medications in an emergency kit?
Always keep a written copy of your prescriptions and orders for medical equipment and supplies with you, a list of all medications, equipment and supplies you use (including over-the-counter) and perhaps an electronic copy on a flash drive, even if you don’t use a computer. And, if you use prescription medications or consumable medical supplies, and can’t easily obtain an emergency supply, ask your insurance company to assist you in obtaining and maintaining enough medication and supplies to have on hand in case you must shelter in place unexpectedly.
If you are able to obtain an emergency supply, be sure to establish a plan for rotating your supply so it remains up-to-date. If you are unable to obtain an emergency supply, be sure to always fill prescriptions on the first day you become eligible for a refill, rather than waiting until the day you run out.
For products in an emergency kit without an expiration date, is there a time frame that they should be used within?
For products that have no expiration date the only rule of thumb would be to look for any obvious signs of wear and tear. Products should not be used if there’s signs of damage, degradation, or discoloring.
*When should someone evacuate versus sheltering-in-place?
Local officials are the best source of information when determining whether to evacuate or shelter-in-place. In the event of an emergency, individuals should listen to their radios and follow the directions of the emergency officials.
In general, sheltering-in-place is appropriate when conditions require that you seek immediate protection in your home, place of employment, school or other location when disaster strikes.
People should take steps to prepare in advance in case local officials direct you to evacuate. This includes having a disaster supply kit that is portable and can be taken with you.
*Are weapons encouraged to protect your family in the event of a disaster?
The recommendations Ready.gov provides are intended to be the essential items every individual would need for the first 72 hours after a disaster, weapons are not considered among these items. Citizens are encouraged to customize their kits to accommodate their unique considerations; if you feel such items are necessary for 72 hours after a disaster you should modify your emergency kit accordingly