Shelter-in-Place

What is Shelter-In-Place?
Shelter-In-Place (SIP) is the use of a structure and its indoor atmosphere to temporarily separate individuals from a hazardous outdoor atmosphere. In simpler terms, SIP means that in the case of a chemical release emergency, individuals in proximity should seek shelter in a building or vehicle that outside air can be prevented from getting into your space.

When to Shelter-In-Place:
Sheltering in place is generally undertaken when local officials issue the order to do so. This may be the county or municipal emergency management office, local fire rescue, police or sheriff’s offices or an appointed Public Information Officer (PIO). This message may be broadcast on public loud speaker or siren, television, radio, or social media outlets.

If the order is given, immediately follow the order and Do Not emerge without notice from local officials. The order to shelter-in-place may be issued due to a transportation accident where hazardous materials, petroleum or gasoline have been released or spilled or if these same substances are on fire; if there is a train derailment with cars carrying hazardous materials, or an accidental release from a fixed facility or business causes a vapor cloud to form in your vicinity. Any of these incidents could force local officials to call order to shelter-in-place.

5 Easy Steps To Immediate Safety From a Chemical Release:

  • Go inside immediately and close all windows and doors;
  • Turn off all ventilation systems – Central Air (A/C and Heating);
  • Tune into a radio or TV, or social media ( Facebook, Twitter, local alerts) for emergency information;
  • Go to a room with no windows and seal the door; and
  • Wait for further instructions from officials.

Basic Supplies In Backpack Can Be Stored In Your Vehicle Trunk, In a Safe Room, Or In An Easy Grab-N-Go Location. Pack the Following at a Minimum:

  • Battery-operated radio with extra batteries
  • Duct tape and scissors
  • Plastic sheeting (if the safe room has windows)
  • Towels
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Working flashlight with extra batteries
  • Cell phone and/or cordless phone
  • Snacks and reading materials/games