Sheltering in Place

When instructed by local officials, or for short term power outages, snowstorms, and events that do not force you from your dwelling, the most preferred place to shelter is in the comfort of your own home. You are familiar with the surroundings and should seek a safe place on the lower level, away from windows and preferably near the corner walls. Your clothing, food, medicine, and personal items are there to aide in your comfort. A battery powered radio or television will provide information on the event. Tune in to Glastonbury’s Emergency Management Radio Station at 1570 AM for local information and the resources available in town. Remember the following:

  • Stay calm
  • Bring children and pets inside immediately
  • Close and lock all windows and outside doors
  • Turn off all ventilation systems that bring in outdoor air, including fans and air conditioners
  • Close the dampermay on your fireplace
  • Gather your emergency supply kit
  • Shelter in place, until you're told all is safe
  • Keep sufficient cash on hand for emergency purposes. ATM and credit card machines may not be functioning

    Local Shelters

    Much time and research has gone into the evaluation of all local shelters. Each facility is rated for the capacity, design, resources, emergency power availability and the location regarding the event in progress, among other considerations. The choice of which shelters will be opened during an emergency is determined by the type and severity of the event in progress and the needs of the community. It's quite common to be directed to one shelter during an emergency and a different shelter for the next emergency; even if the events are similar in nature. Always check with local officials before going to a shelter or tune in to Glastonbury’s Emergency Radio Station at 1570AM for directions regarding which shelter has been chosen for the emergency in progress. If directed to use a local shelter, be sure to bring blankets, pillows, medicines, personal items, pet food (if applicable) and a change of clothes. PETS WILL BE ACCOMODATED IN SHELTER SITUATIONS.  Notify a family member/caregiver of which shelter you are going to for future contact.  If leaving the house for an extended period of time, please also consider preparing your house accordingly.

    Regional Shelters

    In the event of a large-scale emergency, Regional Shelters will be opened and residents will be notified of their location.

    Emergency Supplies should include:

    • Blankets
    • Battery Operated Radio
    • Clothing
    • Medicines
    • Flashlight with extra batteries
    • First aid kit
    • Utility knife
    • High calorie, non-perishable food
    • 3 gallons of water per person, per day
    • Toiletries