HOUSTON, March 31, 2019 – You’ve heard a lot recently about shelters-in-place, but do you know who has the authority to issue that warning or what you should do? A shelter-in-place warning for a community can only be issued by the local emergency management authority, such as a mayor or county judge. Simply put, a shelter-in-place warning means to stay indoors until you are told the danger has past. When a warning is issued, residents should listen closely to any special instructions given, but in general, residents should close all windows and exterior doors, and shut off air conditioning units. If you’re concerned and want to know if a shelter-in-place warning is issued for our community, visit the emergency management office for your city or county.