Sheltering During an Emergency

Sheltering is appropriate when conditions require that you seek protection in your home, where you work, or other location when emergencies or disasters occur. The length of time you are required to take shelter may be short, such as during a tornado warning, or long-term, such as during a pandemic. In all cases, it is important that you stay informed and follow the instructions of local authorities.

Taking shelter can mean Stay at Home, Going to a Mass Care Shelter, or Sheltering in Place.

STAY-AT-HOME: Remain indoors as much as possible and try to only leave your home when necessary. You can still use outdoor spaces such as patios, porches and yards.

MASS CARE SHELTER: Mass care shelters provide life-sustaining services to disaster survivors. Plan to take your emergency supply kit with you to have the supplies your family will need.

SHELTERING IN PLACE: Whether you are at home, work, school, or anywhere else you frequent regularly, there may be situations when it is best to stay where you are to avoid any uncertainty outside, such as severe weather or large amounts of debris in the air.

Information courtesy of the Knox County Emergency Management Agency