Shelter In Place
THE DEER PARK LEPC WOULD LIKE YOU TO 'SHELTER IN PLACE' BY PRACTICING THE FOLLOWING STEPS:
1. GO INSIDE IMMEDIATELY.
Seek the nearest enclosed structure, whether it's a house, business, garage or vehicle. If you know of any unattended child in your neighborhood, call them and tell them to remain indoors. Keep any pets inside also. Gather emergency supplies like a portable radio, flashlight and extra batteries.
2. CLOSE UP.
Close all doors, windows and other sources of outside air. Turn off air conditioning or heating systems and close the fireplace damper to keep chemical vapors from entering. Ceiling fans or rotary fans inside the building can be safely used to keep cool.
Cover any gaps, holes or cracks with wet towels or sheets to prevent vapors from entering your home. If you have trouble breathing, contact 9-1-1 and cover your nose and mouth with a damp washcloth, then take slow, shallow breaths and try to stay calm.
3. STAY INFORMED.
Do not call police, fire or 9-1-1 unless you are reporting an emergency at your location. Overloaded cell towers may keep actual emergency calls from getting through. Keep your phone charged and on to stay informed.
Updates from the city will be available through the following:
*Television: Deer Park TV on Comcast Cable Channel 16 or AT&T U-Verse Channel 99
*Radio: KUHF-FM 88.7 or KTRH-AM 740
*CAER Online @ www.ehcma.org or download the CAER app from Apple Store or Android Store
*Facebook: Deer Park Office of Emergency Management
*CodeRED or Register for emergency notifications (via CodeRED) from the City of Deer Park by visiting www.deerparktx.gov/338/Emergency-Notifications.
SHOULD I TRY TO EVACUATE?
Evacuation may be an appropriate precaution during a flood or hurricane, but you should NOT attempt an evacuation during a chemical emergency unless specifically ordered by city officials. Leaving your home or business may expose you to more chemical vapors, especially if you travel toward the leak or through the toxic cloud as it drifts downwind.
WHAT IF MY CHILDREN ARE IN SCHOOL?
The City and Deer Park Independent School District have installed emergency notification systems in the School District Administration Building, all school buildings and all city buildings. This system can be instantly activated by Police Dispatchers, so the administrative staff and teachers at your children’s school will be notified immediately in the event of a chemical release. They have been trained how to protect your children and will shelter-in-place until the emergency is over.
Please do NOT call the school and tie up telephone lines needed by school staff to communicate with district officials. If you go to the school, you are putting yourself, your children and all the other children in danger if school officials open the doors to let you remove your children from their safe shelter.
HOW WILL I KNOW WHEN THE EMERGENCY IS OVER?
Stay inside, sheltered in place, until you hear the “All Clear” message from city officials over the automated telephone notification system, Facebook, Twitter, and DPTV on Comcast Cable Channel 16 or AT&T U-verse Channel 99.
For additional information relating to the Deer Park Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), call 281-478-7247 or email email@example.com.