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Shelter-in-place order for much of western Kanawha County

By Staff reports

Residents in much of western Kanawha County were under a shelter-in-place order on Thursday night and this morning after the explosion at the Bayer Crop Science plant in Institute.

Those orders remained in force as of 1:30 a.m. today.

Shelter-in-place orders were issued for South Charleston, Dunbar, Nitro, Institute, St. Albans, Cross Lanes and the surrounding areas. A Kanawha County Metro 911 dispatcher said everything from the Charleston city limits west to the Putnam County line was under a shelter-in-place advisory.

According to the American Red Cross, people under a shelter-in-place should do the following:

  • Close and lock all windows and exterior doors.
  • If you are told there is danger of explosion, close the window shades, blinds, or curtains.
  • Turn off all fans, heating and air conditioning systems.
  • Close the fireplace damper.
  • Get your family disaster supplies kit and make sure the radio is working.
  • Go to an interior room without windows that's above ground level. In the case of a chemical threat, an above-ground location is preferable because some chemicals are heavier than air, and may seep into basements even if the windows are closed.
  • Bring your pets with you, and be sure to bring additional food and water supplies for them.
  • It is ideal to have a hard-wired telephone in the room you select. Call your emergency contact and have the phone available if you need to report a life-threatening condition. Cellular telephone equipment may be overwhelmed or damaged during an emergency.
  • Use duct tape and plastic sheeting (heavier than food wrap) to seal all cracks around the door and any vents into the room.
  • Keep listening to your radio or television until you are told all is safe or you are told to evacuate.

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