What does "shelter in place" mean?

If you are asked to shelter-in-place, it means to remain indoors, or if outside, go indoors immediately. A possible reason why you would be asked to shelter-in-place is during a tornado. Once indoors, you will need to:

  • have everyone stay in one room; choose an interior room if possible and stay away from the window
  • close all windows and doors
  • turn off furnace, air conditioner and exhaust fans so outside air is not brought indoors
  • follow local media for further instructions
  • if you smell natural gas, seal the room with wet towels at the base of the door and breathe through a damp towel to filer the air

Be prepared for 72 hours.

Strathcona County Emergency Services follows the Shelter-in-Place (SIP) Guidelines outlined on the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers website.

For more information, consult

Strathcona Industrial Association (SIA)
Information from the Strathcona Industrial Association, which represents major industry in southeast Strathcona County. Includes news from the plants, safety tips, air monitoring reports and links to the sites of individual companies.

Northeast Region Community Awareness and Emergency Response (NR CAER)
Information from the Northeast Region Community Awareness and Emergency Response, which represents major industry in northeast Strathcona County. Also includes shelter-in-place and other safety tips, information on the Updateline (1-866-653-9959) and contact information for the various member organizations.

Further information

Last updated: Tuesday, July 23, 2019
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