S.I.P.=Emergency Alert System protocol
To seek safety within a building you currently occupy rather than evacuate to another area
Often, when there is an imminent threat or hazard, the public is told to “shelter in place.” Sheltering in place is a protocol to keep you as safe as possible while indoors during an emergency. This does not mean stay exactly where you currently are. That could put you in danger.
There are various S.I.P. routines. Officials are likely to give S.I.P. warnings if an explosion or chemical spill releases toxic dust, fumes, radiation, or chemicals outside. While there are different ways to be safe the main thing is as follows.
“Get Inside, Stay Inside”
If local officials tell you to “stay put,” act quickly. Listen carefully to local radio or television stations for instructions, because the exact directions will depend on the emergency situation. In general you should:
- Get inside. Bring your loved ones, your emergency supplies, and when possible, your pets,
- Find a safe spot in this location. The exact spot will depend on the type of emergency,
- Stay put in this location until officials say that it is safe to leave.
- Keep in contact loved ones. Listen to Radio, TV or phone updates for instructions based on the emergency.
The military uses these drills as well. They are known as S.I.P. Lockdowns and “buttoning up”. They have very different protocols assigned to them. The major difference between the forms of emergency barricade is based on the type of emergency you are barricading yourself from.
A Lockdown is meant to keep a threat out, such as an active shooter.
- So finding a safe place without windows and low visibility is key. When a wide imminent threat is detected they are also used to protect people inside a facility or to protect computing systems from a dangerous external event.
Via U.S. Army-
An S.I.P “Sheltering in place” is in response to severe weather, and also a chemical, biological or radiological contamination that may have been released into the environment.
- This means the individual or organization should select an interior room or rooms with few or no windows. Once a room has been chosen, people should seal windows, doors and ventilation systems using tape, plastic and weather stripping in an attempt to avoid a chemical disturbance or weather-related disturbance.
People can increase protection by using whatever means are available to reduce the ventilation rate. Things like turning off the air conditioning systems, closing all windows and doors, and avoiding using elevators can help decrease the risk of contamination.
Here’s an example of a Urban alert message:
KABCURGENT – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SHELTER IN PLACE WARNING
BY ORDER OF LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT,CALTRANS AND CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL
RELAYED BY LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT
12:00 PM PST SAT DEC 20 2016
THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE
LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT.
THE LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE ASKING ALL RESIDENTS OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY TO STAY INDOORS.
AT 12:00 PACIFIC STANDARD TIME A CAR ACCIDENT HAS OCCURRED ON INTERSTATE 5 OUTSIDE LOS ANGELES COUNTY.
THIS MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT INCLUDED A SEMI TRUCK CARRYING 5 TONS OF SULFURIC ACID AND TOXIC GAS. FIRE FROM ACID HAD RELEASED TOXIC GAS THAT IS IN THE AIR. THE DIRECTION THAT THE WIND PUSHED THE GAS INTO DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES. SHELTER IN PLACE IS IN EFFECT WITHIN 5 MILES OF THIS AREA.
PLEASE DO NOT GO OUTDOORS AND REMAIN AWAY FROM WINDOWS OR OPEN ANY DOORS.
PLEASE STAY TUNED TO MEDIA OUTLETS FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
“So stay calm and put the kettle on…”
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