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FEMA Releases Shelter-in-Place Guidance


FEMA released shelter-in-place pictogram guidance for 10 hazards and three building types.  


The pictograms provide clear, visual guidance to the public on shelter-in-place actions, classified by hazard and building type, to ensure the public takes effective protective actions when instructed to shelter-in-place during emergencies.


The guidance provides recommended interior locations for specific hazards, additional actions for protection and the recommended duration for staying sheltered-in-place.


The ten hazards are:

  • Active shooter.
  • Chemical hazard.
  • Earthquake.
  • Flooding/flash flooding.
  • Hurricane.
  • Nuclear/radiological hazards.
  • Pandemic.
  • Thunderstorm.
  • Tornado and winter storm.


The three types of buildings are:

  • Manufactured or mobile home.
  • One- or two-story buildings.
  • Multistory buildings.


The shelter-in-place pictograms can be used by community partners in multiple communication channels, such as posters, websites, just-in-time social media posts and emergency managers for Integrated Public Alert & Warning System messages.   


The shelter-in-place protective actions guidance can be found on Funding Available for Fiscal Year 2021 Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grants

FEMA today announced the release of the Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Fiscal Year 2021 Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant ProgramThe program provides $12 million to eligible states and local governments to close known preparedness capability gaps, encourage innovative regional solutions to issues related to catastrophic incidents, and build on existing regional preparedness efforts, including pandemic preparedness.

Regional Pandemic Preparedness Remains an Objective

The purpose of the Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program (RCPGP) is to build regional capacity to manage catastrophic incidents by improving and expanding collaboration for catastrophic incident preparedness. The National Response Framework (4th edition, 2019) defines a catastrophic incident as any natural or manmade incident, including terrorism, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage or disruption severely affecting the population, infrastructure, environment, economy, national morale or government functions. The regional interdependencies of effective prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery activities require a cohesive regional approach to catastrophic planning.

Regional pandemic preparedness remains a program objective this year, with a specific focus on addressing the Community Lifelines and Core Capabilities that are essential to pandemic preparedness. In addition, recognizing the value of all-hazards emergency preparedness planning, and consistent with the objectives of the FY 2021 RCPGP, applicants may continue to consider projects that improve capability levels in the Food, Water, and Sheltering Community Lifelines, as measured in the Housing or Logistics and Supply Chain Management Core Capabilities, reported through the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) / Stakeholder Preparedness Review (SPR). Lastly, applicants are encouraged to consider the needs of socially vulnerable populations and involve representatives from the affected communities in the development and execution of the proposed project to ensure their needs are sufficiently addressed.

Awards will be made on a competitive basis to applicants who present an ability to successfully meet the requirements described in the funding notice.

The application period will remain open until 5 p.m. ET on July 16, 2021. Submissions must be made through The funding notice is available on (Assistance Listings Number 97.111), as well as on the FEMA website at

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