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NCJ Number: 190655 Find in a Library
Title: Will Duct Tape and Plastic Really Work? Issues Related to Expedient Shelter-In-Place
Author(s): John H. Sorensen; Barbara M. Vogt
Corporate Author: Oak Ridge National Laboratory
United States of America
Date Published: August 2001
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Washington, DC 20472
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
US Dept of Energy
Washington, DC 20585
Contract Number: DE-AC05-00OR22725
Publication Number: ORNL/TM-2001/154
Sale Source: Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
United States of America

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
500 C Street SW
Washington, DC 20472
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Technical)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper reviews issues associated with the use of expedient sheltering materials and the effectiveness of the strategy.
Abstract: Expedient sheltering involves the use of common materials to enhance the safety of a room inside a building against the impact of a chemical plume. The central premise behind taping and sealing with duct tape and plastic is to reduce airflow into a room. Expedient sheltering provides additional protection to people sheltering in place beyond that provided by the house and by a safe room without expedient measures. The materials chosen for taping and sealing - duct tape and plastic - are appropriate because they effectively reduce infiltration and the materials should withstand a vapor challenge. Taping is essential to reduce air infiltration. Plastic sheeting is not a critical element for reducing air infiltration, but it makes sealing off large windows easier. The weakest link in this procedure is the edges of the seals and not the materials used. Duct tape studied for expedient protection against chemical warfare agent simulants was 10 mil (0.01 in.) thickness. It was subject to liquid challenges by the simulants DIMP, DMMP, MAL, and DBS. Plastic (polyethylene) sheeting tested was 2.5, 4, 10, and 20 mil (0.0025, 0.004, 0.01, and 0.02 inches). Figures, table, references
Main Term(s): Domestic Preparedness
Index Term(s): Civil defense; Criminology; Disaster procedures; Emergency procedures; Equipment and technology; Illicit chemicals; Personal Security/Self Protection; Protective equipment; Science and Technology
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