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Taking Shelter

What you must do if you are told to: "Go In, Stay In, Tune In".


During a major emergency incident local residents may well be advised to "Go In, Stay In, Tune In". This has been found to be the best general advice to give people in the case of an emergency.

This means that you should go indoors, tune into local radio and TV and stay there until told by the emergency services or via radio and television that it is safe to go outside.

Go in...

Go Indoors;

  • Close all windows.
  • Should you be out walking when the sheltering advice comes, go into a shop or other public building and wait for further instructions.

Stay in...

  • Close all Doors and Windows;
  • Go upstairs where possible.
  • Extinguish all naked flames.
  • Stay in and do not go back outside until told it is safe to do so.
  • Have your radio, some snacks and water with you.
  • If you have pets, do not go outside to look for them.
  • The Police and Education authorities will ensure that children attending schools are safe and properly looked after.
  • If you are sheltering and rely on a Home Care Assistant, they will not be able to come to you. Social Services will be informed of your situation and will try to contact you by phone.
  • An evacuation might have to be considered.
  • If you are in immediate danger only, please call the Emergency Services on 999.

Tune in...

  • Tune in to Local Radio/TV
  • Follow official instructions.
  • Limit use of the telephone - keep lines free for emergency use.

There is an agreement with radio and TV companies that if a major emergency or incident should occur they will interrupt programming to give public safety advice and information.

Your local radio stations are;

BBC Essex 95.3FM, 103.5FM, DAB and (opens new window)

Heart FM 96.3 and 102.6 (opens new window)