Shelter In Place

In some situations, such as severe weather or storms where it may be more dangerous for you to drive through fast moving water or in hazardous material or environmental incidents where it is safer for you to remain indoors, it may be necessary to shelter-in-place instead of evacuate.  Shelter in place only when advised to do so; if you are advised to evacuate, evacuate immediately, hesitating could be dangerous.

If you are advised to shelter in place for weather related incidents such as storms simply remain indoors until the incident subsides.  If the situation changes where the building you are taking shelter in becomes compromised, you may need to leave; if so, proceed with caution outdoors and avoid crossing fast moving water.

If you are advised to shelter in place for a hazardous materials incident or other environmental situation, additional steps beyond remaining indoors should be taken. 

  • Immediately close all windows and vents.
  • Turn of air conditioning units.
  • Choose a room in the interior of the building to shelter in or a room with a limited number of windows and doors leading to the outside environment.  (A good room in a home is a master bedroom connected to a bathroom).
  • Do not leave until you are advised it is safe to do so.
  • As an additional precaution, you may choose to seal doors, windows and vents with duct tape or plastic sheeting.

Opt in for Burbank Community Alert, the City of Burbank’s Emergency Public Notification System and get alerted about emergencies and other important community information. This system enables the City of Burbank to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as wildfires, hazardous materials incidents, severe weather, missing persons, evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods or other urgent information.

You will receive time-sensitive messages wherever you specify, such as your home, mobile or business phones, email address, text messages and more. You pick where, you pick how.