A local emergency planning committee has produced a video about how to shelter in place during a hazardous materials emergency.

The Fairfax Joint Local Emergency Planning Committee is encouraging residents to watch the 10-minute video and formulate a plan for emergencies such as a release of hazardous material into the air. Planning would include choosing a small interior room with no or few windows that could be used as a refuge, according to the American Red Cross.

The video is available through county libraries as well as online through the county's video-on-demand service, www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cable/channel16/vod.htm.

The committee is urging homeowners associations and civic groups to show the video at meetings and to lend it to their members. Committee members are also available to present a program on sheltering in place.

The Fairfax Joint Local Emergency Planning Committee consists of local government and emergency response officials, environmental and governmental planners, public health professionals, hospital officials, public utility and transportation officials, and representatives of business organizations, professional societies, civic organizations and the media from Herndon, Vienna, Fairfax City and Fairfax County.

For information, call 703-246-4386 or go to www.lepcfairfax.org.