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The following links will take you to NICS documents and other information related to sheltering in place.

Model Shelter-in-Place Plan for Businesses. You can use this model plan to craft a shelter-in-place program for your office building. A plan agreed to ahead of time by all employees will help insure smooth enactment of protective measures if there is a nearby chemical emergency. The plan is 14 pages. PDF format.

Making Safe Rooms Safer With Portable Air Cleaners. The 2003 summer issue of NICS News contains a story about how certain portable air cleaners can add a measure of safety in shelter-in-place safe rooms safer by removing toxic gasses and otherwise purifying the air. This page lists sources for additional information about portable air purifiers.

Sheltering in Place as a Public Protective Action (Shelter In Place Case Study). This study completed in June 2001 provides a look at chemical accidents where sheltering in place was used as a public protective action. 48 pages. PDF format.

How to Shelter-in-Place. Here is what you need to do before a chemical emergency exists, what you should do during the emergency, and what to do after it's over. HTML.

Countywide School Drill for Sheltering in Place. In October 2002, the Contra Costa County, California, CAER group worked with schools countywide to conduct a shelter-in-place drill. For the benefit of those who may be considering a similar drill, the CAER group has agreed to share this critique with visitors to the NICS website. This iPDF document is 356 KB.

Research Reports.  This link will take you to shelter-in-place research reports and other information prepared for the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program and FEMA. One publication of particular current interest is: "Will Duct Tape and Plastic Really Work? Issues Related To Expedient Shelter-In-Place"  This site is hosted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Effectiveness of Shelter in Place. Shelter in Place is used across the country as a protective action for the public. But even before formal sheltering in place was common, examples of the effectiveness of staying indoors during chemical emergencies exist. This document in PDF format (209KB) cites a few examples from around the United States.

CSEPP Protective Action Toolkit. You'll find a number of studies and useful information on this Oak Ridge National Laboratory website.