What does shelter in place mean?
Sheltering in place is one of several response options available to emergency management directors to provide an additional level of protection in the event of an emergency. Shelter in place is a protective action designed to use an indoor facility, such as your own home or a public building, and its indoor atmosphere to shield people from a hazardous outdoor environment. Sheltering in place means persons will remain in a building until emergency management officials issue additional instructions or declare that the emergency condition has ended. It is a short-term option for limiting the potential exposure of persons to hazards that may be present in the outdoor environment. It will most likely be a matter of hours, not days.

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1. Where can I find specifics about emergency management in Galveston County?
2. What is emergency preparedness?
3. What's the difference between emergency preparedness and emergency response?
4. Why is planning so important?
5. What should people do to prepare for an emergency?
6. In an emergency, is evacuation always the answer?
7. What does shelter in place mean?
8. What is in an Emergency Kit?
9. What are the other stages that storms progress through prior to becoming hurricanes?
10. What should be included in a disaster supply kit?
11. My family doesn’t have a car. What should we do during an evacuation?