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Could YOU?!~ Evacuation or Shelter

posted Jan 23, 2015, 9:56 AM by Pueblo RCN   [ updated Jan 23, 2015, 9:57 AM ]

This quarter PreparePueblo reminds everyone that In a disaster Officials will often tell you to  take a very specific action to protect yourself.  Evacuation is designed to get you immediately away from a threat . Shelter in Place keeps you secure indoors until the threat passes. You can be ready for either one by packing an emergency kit. Water, Food, radio, flashlight, tools... Packing a kit means extra protection and peace of mind.  A complete list of kit items is available by clicking HERE. 

Evacuate means to calmly leave a potentially hazardous area to get to a safer area. You may be asked to evacuate for a variety of emergencies like fires, floods, and hazardous materials accidents (including, but not limited to, an accident involving the chemical weapons at the Pueblo Chemical Depot). The time you have to evacuate depends on the emergency.

  • Do not assume a recommendation to evacuate is not serious. Required or ordered evacuations are rarely done because of the large work force required to enforce the order. If recommended, please evacuate.

  • Gather people and pets and leave the area immediately.

  • Take a battery powered radio with extra batteries.

  • Stay tuned to your EAS station (KCCY 96.9 FM) for official information.

  • Take your emergency supplies kit, if you have one prepared. If not, do not take time to gather one. However, be sure to take prescription medications.

  • Close and lock your home or business.

  • Do not attempt to pick up children from school or day care. School officials plan to care for children in emergencies and they may already be evacuated. (Before an emergency occurs, learn about emergency plans at schools or day care centers.)

  • Leave the area in your vehicle. If you are evacuating because of a hazardous materials accident, keep windows and doors closed. Turn off the vehicle's heater, air conditioner, and close the vents.

  • Follow designated evacuation routes or take the most efficient route away from the hazard.

  • Do not return to your home or business until officials say it is safe.

Shelter-In-Place means to remain inside a home, business, or other permanent building. You may be asked to shelter in-place for emergencies like tornadoes and hazardous materials accidents [including, but not limited to an accident involving the chemical weapons at the Pueblo Chemical Depot (PCD)]. Shelter-in-place may be recommended when there is not enough time to evacuate.

  • If you are outdoors, go inside immediately.

  • Bring pets inside if possible but do not risk your safety for your pets.

  • Listen to the EAS station (KCCY 96.9 FM) for official information.

  • Close all windows, doors, and vents.

  • Turn off heaters, air conditioners, and exhaust fans.

  • Close as many internal doors as possible and move to the most central, windowless, above-ground room in the building.

  • Wet towels, plastic sheeting, or an airtight material can be used to seal gaps where contaminated air could enter the room.

  • Do not attempt to pick up children from school or day care until directed to do so. School officials plan to care for children in emergencies, and they may already be evacuated, or sheltered. (Before an emergency occurs, learn about emergency plans at schools or day care centers.)

  • Stay inside until officials say it is safe to leave. 

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