Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Shelter in Place

Shelter-in-place orders are used more than you might think. Just last month, UMass Amherst (MA) and Gadsden State (AL) were on lockdown for various reasons. Chemical spills in your vicinity, fires, active shooter incidents and many other situations may required that you shelter in place for some period of time. We’re sure you know that you need water, medical supplies, foot, etc., in order to shelter in place. In this week’s articles are some things you may not have thought of.

When conditions outside get tough, where will building occupants go? (Item #1)   How do lockdown and shelter-in-place situations differ? (Item #2)   Remain calm and carry out the procedures in your plan in the event of any situation. (Item #3)

Temporary SIP is a public protection tool used by communities in the United States and around the world; this guidebook discusses the effective use of SIP in the event of a chemical hazard. (Item #4)    To best prepare your staff for an active shooter situation, create an Emergency Action Plan (EAP), and conduct training exercises. (Item #5)   Here is a general guide for preparing a shelter-in-place plan in the workplace. (Item #6)

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