Preparing for Emergencies
If the siren does sound seek shelter inside, preferably with a room without windows. Turn your TV to KDKA channel 2 or radio to 1020 A.M. and listen for emergency information. You should also be prepared to evacuate. Gather your essentials supplies and store them nearby.
Do not use the telephone unless there is an emergency. Never telephone 911 unless there is a serious emergency or you require emergency assistance.
If you are instructed to evacuate, take only your essential supplies and monitor the radio for emergency and evacuation information. Emergency personnel will be available to safety direct you away from the area. Pay close attention to their directions and do not take any shortcuts. You may jeopardize your safety!
If instructed to Shelter in Place, do the following:
Go inside your home or other building, preferably in a room without windows. Do not leave!
Close draperies and blinds if explosions are possible. Stay away from windows and doors.
Seal all openings with wet towels or duct tape.
Close all windows and turn off heating, heating draws in outside air and cooling systems and fans. Close fireplace dampers.
Protect your breathing; cover your nose and mouth with a wet cloth and take shallow breaths.
Keep your pets inside.
Be prepared to evacuate! Gather your essential supplies and keep them handy, as you may be required to move to a new location.
Wait for the ALL CLEAR. Authorities will give the all clear signal over the TV or radio.
You may be asked to evacuate if the situation has the potential for escalating to a point where evacuation is required to protect your health and safety. You may be given little notice, so be prepared. If you are asked to evacuate, do the following:
Pack only what you must. Take only the essentials; clothing, medicines, blankets, baby supplies, flashlights, portable radio, extra batteries, cash and checkbook.
Secure your home; shut off utilities at main shut off only if instructed to do so.
Follow evacuation routes as instructed by emergency TV or radio broadcasts.
Stay off the telephone except for life-threatening emergencies. Call 911 only if emergency assistance is required.
Keep your car windows closed and your radio on. If you run your car air conditioner or heater, use the re-circulation mode only
Do not return home until told it is safe to do so!