is vital to all the residents of San Luis
Obispo County. Below you will find helpful information about what
to do in an emergency; check lists to prepare your family for a
large emergency event; and maps to route your safe evacuation.
County Planning Checklist
CAL FIRE Evacuation Checklist
Disaster Planning Checklist
Hazardous Materials Release
to local radio or television stations for detailed
information and instructions. Follow the instructions
carefully. You should stay away from the area to
minimize the risk of contamination. Remember that some
toxic chemicals are odorless.
|If you are:
- Do so immediately.
- Stay tuned to a radio or
television for information on evacuation routes,
temporary shelters, and procedures.
- Follow the routes
recommended by the authorities--shortcuts may
not be safe. Leave at once.
- If you have time, minimize
contamination in the house by closing all
windows, shutting all vents, and turning off
- Take pre-assembled disaster
- Remember to help your
neighbors who may require special
assistance--infants, elderly people and people
- Stay upstream, uphill, and
upwind! In general, try to go at least one-half
mile (usually 8-10 city blocks) from the danger
area. Move away from the accident scene and help
keep others away.
- Do not walk into or touch
any spilled liquids, airborne mists, or
condensed solid chemical deposits. Try not to
inhale gases, fumes and smoke. If possible,
cover mouth with a cloth while leaving the area.
- Stay away from accident
victims until the hazardous material has been
|In a motor
||Stop and seek
shelter in a permanent building. If you must
remain in your car, keep car windows and vents
closed and shut off the air conditioner and
- Bring pets inside.
- Close and lock all exterior
doors and windows. Close vents, fireplace
dampers, and as many interior doors as possible.
- Turn off air conditioners
and ventilation systems. In large buildings, set
ventilation systems to 100 percent recirculation
so that no outside air is drawn into the
building. If this is not possible, ventilation
systems should be turned off.
- Go into the pre-selected
shelter room. This room should be above ground
and have the fewest openings to the outside.
- Seal gaps under doorways
and windows with wet towels or plastic sheeting
and duct tape.
- Seal gaps around window and
air conditioning units, bathroom and kitchen
exhaust fans, and stove and dryer vents with
duct tape and plastic sheeting, wax paper or
- Use material to fill cracks
and holes in the room, such as those around
- If gas or vapors could have
entered the building, take shallow breaths
through a cloth or a towel. Avoid eating or
drinking any food or water that may be
Shelter Safety for
Ten square feet of
floor space per person will provide sufficient air to
prevent carbon dioxide build-up for up to five hours,
assuming a normal breathing rate while resting.
officials are unlikely to recommend the public shelter
in a sealed room for more than 2-3 hours because the
effectiveness of such sheltering diminishes with time
as the contaminated outside air gradually seeps into
the shelter. At this point, evacuation from the area
is the better protective action to take.
Also you should
ventilate the shelter when the emergency has passed to
avoid breathing contaminated air still inside the