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Shelter-In-Place Guide - FAQ: Shelter-in-Place
Does Shelter-in-Place really work?
Yes it does. Shelter-in-Place has been used as a method of public protection for many years. Sheltering is recommended by the Alberta Energy Resource Conservation Board (ERCB) in situations where it is not safe to evacuate. Sheltering is very effective in Canada since most buildings are suitable for sheltering as they have been constructed to withstand winter conditions.
When should I Shelter-in-Place?Sheltering procedures should begin when you receive a message from the appropriate authorities or when you detect any unusual odour or smell from outside. Avoid using the phone to ensure that you receive subsequent messages from authorities.
How long should I Shelter-in-Place?Authorities will keep you updated with the latest information. Therefore, please continue to shelter until you receive an 'all clear' message from the appropriate authorities.
What about children in schools?The process of contacting schools during an emergency is described in the associated emergency response plan (ERP), which details the company’s response actions. Additionally, local authorities are required to prepare municipal emergency plans (MEP) outlining the response actions for the municipality or urban centre during emergency situations. When necessary, schools will be provided with shelter-in-place instructions or evacuation assistance will be provided.
Why not just evacuate?In some situations sheltering may be a safer method of protection from a hazardous substance. In situations where there is a chance of being exposed to the conditions that prompted the emergency, such as a dangerous gas leak, emergency response personnel will determine if sheltering will provide enough safety or whether evacuation is warranted.