What spaces should I avoid?
Shelter areas must be accessible when needed.
When trying to identify the best available shelter, you should
visit every potential space. Avoid spaces that are difficult to
access or require special keys.
Spaces with limited occupancy should be avoided, if
possible. It is better to have several primary shelter areas
in a building than many small areas scattered around the
What makes a poor shelter?
• Room that is normally locked
• Space with large free-span roof area
• Space with limited or restricted access
• Space with other hazards present (i.e. chemical,
electrical or mechanical hazards)
• Space with windows, especially large windows
• Temporary building
• Upper stories of building