September 24, 2015 --
may be the critical step that saves one’s life during a hazardous materials spill
or chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear attack.
According to www.ready.marines.mil,
“Sheltering-in-place means to take temporary protection in a structure or
vehicle — typically your workplace or residence.” SIP can often be confused
with terms such as “lockdown” or “seek shelter.”
“Lockdown is a
term that is used specifically during an active shooter incident and “seek
shelter” is used during a destructive weather event such as a tornado. Certain words
mean certain things and require individuals to take certain steps to ensure
“The best defense for a chemical hazard is
avoidance,” Marvin Thomas, CBRN protection officer, Marine Corps Logistics
Base Albany, said. “Some best practices are to stay inside, shutting off
heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, covering all windows, doors, vents
and power outlets with plastic sheeting. It wouldn’t hurt to have towels to
place at the bottom of doors to seal off outside air. Items such as water and
other personal items would be helpful in the event SIP is going for an extended
period of time. Last, but not least, monitor personnel for sickness and health
incidents such as this are covered in Base Order 3301.1, MCLB Albany Emergency
“It is critical
to tailor the base plan to the employees’ working environments,” Thomas said. “Having
situational awareness of where the HVAC shut off, vents and power outlets are differs
from one building and one room to another.”
will most likely be alerted to execute SIP procedures by the Mass Notification
Warning System, which is a combination of the giant voice (outside speakers)
and AtHoc (email, phones, text messages).
Base and tenant
organizations’ personnel should ensure their information is up-to-date in AtHoc
so that they will be notified if a HAZMAT spill or CBRN attack occurs.
The base will be
conducting a SIP Drill, Sept. 30.
For more information, visit
or call the installation’s Emergency Manager at 229-639-5746.