Keeping your family safe in an emergency is top of mind at any time, but it’s especially important when the threat of danger is higher than usual. That’s why it’s important to make sure that your family has a good plan for staying safe during an emergency. A Shelter in Place (SIP) plan is a way to practice staying calm and helping one another stay calm in case of an emergency. It lets you know how you would respond if there was a disaster or other emergency that made it difficult for people outside your home to get information about what’s happening.
Shelter-in-place drills are generally done by schools, businesses and other large institutions. However, they can be applied to any small or midsize home as well. Here are some things you need to know to make the most of this practice and your SIP plan.
What is Shelter in Place?
Shelter-in-place drills are a way to practice staying calm and helping one another stay calm in case of an emergency.
Shelter-in-place drills work by going through specific steps with your family members, such as; what you would do if there was a tornado warning, how to protect yourself from carbon monoxide poisoning, and how you would get out of the house if you couldn’t leave.
During these drills, it’s important to practice controlled breathing and communication. It’s best not to panic or speak loudly during the drills so that everyone can hear each other. You don’t want people to feel like they need to yell over one another or that their voices will be lost because of noise pollution during the drill.
Use the time that you have practicing SIP drills during random times throughout the day when you are already around your family or at home. It might be helpful for kids to draw up a list of things they know about what they should do in case of an emergency so that they can start thinking about it before anything happens.
How to conduct a shelter-in-place drill with your family
The first step to creating a good SIP plan is to practice it with your family.
First, decide on the date and time of your drill. Make sure you have enough time for everyone who needs to participate in the exercise so that they don’t feel rushed into doing their part.
Next, figure out what will happen when the emergency begins. What if there’s a fire? What if a hurricane comes? What if there’s an earthquake? How would you know that something had happened? As you answer these questions, think about how different people will react to this emergency and how best to take care of someone who’s hurt or in danger. This will help you decide on your plan for staying safe together. For example, if there was a fire:
– If anyone feels lightheaded or sick during the drill, move them away from the smoke and toxic fumes.
– Stay low to the ground and cover your head with wet towels or cloths as protection from falling debris.
– If anyone gets trapped—or falls down—fight back by kicking at anything nearby but not at people themselves; use chairs as shields instead.
Finally, make sure that everyone participates in the drill by saying their parts aloud so they get used to hearing their voice in an emergency scenario where they might be scared or struggling with panic attacks. They should also memorize a few phrases like “help me!” “
Make sure you know where you’ll meet up
with your family members when they come out
The first step of a SIP plan is figuring out where to meet. A good option is to designate a central meeting point, like the front door, and find ways to signal that location in case you lose power or contact with one another.
Another option is to leave information on your answering machine or at home so other family members can hear it.
If you have a designated meeting point like the front door, make sure you know how you’ll get there if there isn’t power or if you can’t find your way out of the house without getting hurt. A good option for this might be a flashlight, a keychain with keys on it, and an external battery pack that has enough charge to help you get back outside.
Practice saying your code word and escape phrase
The first thing to remember is that you need to practice saying your code word and escape phrase. They should be short, simple and easy for everyone in your family to remember.
Don’t forget the pets! Practice for them, too.
It’s important to plan for all of your family members, including your pets. The best way to make sure that pet is safe and secure during an emergency is to practice what you would do with them. If you have a cat or dog, be sure to practice getting them into their carrier or crate and out of the way. You should also think about what they might need during an emergency and how they might react if they are scared.
Now, you should start thinking about how exactly you would prepare for a disaster at home. Here are some things that could help:
– What would happen with the power?
– How would water be provided in case of a fire?
– Where would people go to the bathroom?
– What are some ways to keep food fresh and perishable items safe?
In case of a major emergency, the only way to stay safe is to know exactly where you’ll meet up if you have to evacuate. It’s crucial to practice with your family, especially in case of an emergency like a fire or serious weather event. With these tips, you’ll be ready for such an event.