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SLO County Sheriff’s gives tips for what to do during an alien invasion

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office is asking if you’re ready for an alien invasion. Well… not really. But they want to make sure you’re ready for an emergency.

While an alien invasion is unlikely, the Central Coast is at risk for several different types of disasters. Important things to remember are:

Don’t use your phone. You want to make sure you’re paying attention to what’s around you. Don’t take pictures or video until you are in a safe place. Shelter in place. If officials issue a shelter-in-place warning, that means stay inside with all doors and windows closed, and ventilation systems turned off. Do not pick up your kids from school unless instructed to do so. Shut and tightly seal doors and windows. Use duct tape or heavy plastic sheeting to fill gaps in doorframes or windows. Turn off systems that bring in outside air, including furnaces, fireplaces, air conditioners, vents, and clothes dryers. Move to the center of the house. Call 2-1-1. This is the non-emergency line that can connect you to local services with up-to-date information. Leave 9-1-1 open for people who have been injured and need immediate help. SLO County Early Warning System Sirens. Originally installed to alert the public of an emergency at Diablo Canyon Power Plant, they can now be utilized for any emergency where protective actions are necessary. The sirens will produce a wail for 3-5 minutes. If this happens, go inside immediately and tune to a local radio or television station for up-to-date emergency information. Evacuation planning and kits. Make sure your entire family is prepared in the event of a disaster or emergency. For more information on what to include in your emergency kit, you can go to the<a href="https://“> American Red Cross website.

You can find more information on the San Luis Obispo County website.

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