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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?

• Elevator

• 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