Finding Shelter from the Storm

3 Finding Shelter 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 building. 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 (chemical, electrical, or mechanical hazards) • space with windows, especially large windows • temporary building • upper stories of building