Date: June 17, 2019

Mainly cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers late this evening and after midnight. Wind northeast 20 km/h becoming light near midnight. Low 12.


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Shelter in Place

This page was reviewed or revised on Thursday, July 2, 2015 10:17 AM

If you are indoors:

  • Close all doors and windows.
  • Stay calm and assemble all people and pets at the agreed upon meeting place in your home. Avoid going to the basement in a chemical incident as some chemicals are heavier then air and will fill the basement first.
  • Do not jump in your car and attempt to evacuate unless instructed to do so by municipal emergency responders. Staying indoors with the house closed up is the most effective action you can take.
  • Tune your radio to one of the local Sarnia-Lambton radio stations and monitor for updates.
  • Set thermostats so air conditioners, furnaces and hot water heaters will not come on.
  • Wet several towels and place them at the base of doors leading to the outside to form a barrier.
  • Moisten more towels and use them over your nose and mouth to help filter some of the air you breathe.
  • Close fireplace dampers.

If you are outside:

  • Move out of the path of smoke or fumes to seek shelter indoors. Do not attempt to go through smoke or fumes.
  • Seek shelter in a house or building and remain indoors. If an automobile is your only shelter than use it. Ensure to turn off heat or air conditioning and close vents. Sheltering in place can greatly reduce your exposure then staying outdoors.

If your children are in school or daycare, do not attempt to bring them home. School children & School officials should also shelter-in-place unless told to do otherwise.

Stay away from the emergency area. If you see or hear of a chemical accident avoid the area as you may hinder emergency rescue and recovery efforts at the same time put yourself into a danger zone.

Avoid calling 9-1-1 unless it is to report an emergency. To get information about the incident tune to your local Sarnia-Lambton radio stations, or dial 211 on your phone.