What is Shelter in Place (SIP) for a Chemical Release?
"Shelter In Place" (SIP) instructions may be given in an emergency where hazardous materials may have been released into the Atmosphere. This is a precau­tion aimed to keep you safe while remaining indoors. (This is not the same thing as going to a shelter in case of a storm.)

If emergency officials direct you to SIP, take yourself and anyone near you inside an enclosed structure, whether it's a house, business, garage, or vehicle. If you know of an invalid or unattended child in your neighborhood, call them and tell them to remain indoors. Keep any pets inside. Evacuation may be an appropriate precaution during a flood or hurricane, but you should not attempt an evac­uation during a chemical emergency unless specifically directed to do so by emergency officials.

Even a poorly sealed building or vehicle provides some protection against chemical vapors. If you are inside a vehicle, close your vehicle's doors and windows, and turn off the vehicle's air conditioning and ventilation system.

Contact the Suffolk Emergency Management Office for more details at 757-514-4536.

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1. What is Shelter in Place?
2. Why would a Shelter in Place (SIP) be Issued?
3. What is Shelter in Place (SIP) for a Chemical Release?
4. What do I need for Shelter in Place?
5. How do I prepare?