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1 Shelter in Place for Day Care Facilities and Hospitals Battalion Chief Robert Coyne Philadelphia Fire Department

2 Outline I.Considerations for Shelter in Place Plans (4) Key Components Common Mistakes II.Philadelphia Fire Code Shelter in Place Regulations Q & A on the Philadelphia Fire Code

3 Considerations for Shelter in Place Plans

4 Shelter in Place Plan Procedures (4) Key Components: 1.Communications 2.Control of Air Movement 3.Shelter Room Procedures 4.All Clear Procedures

5 1. Communications  Listen for an announcement from Police or Fire Dept. or use own discretion  Announce to employees or visitors that a Shelter in Place has been ordered  Locate a cell phone and take it to the “safe room”  Take employees/visitor list to the “safe room”

6 2. Control of Air Movement  Turn off all air handling equipment  Ascertain that all windows are closed and locked  When three minutes have elapsed, place the Shelter in Place placard on the door and lock all outside doors

7 3. Shelter Room Procedures  Ascertain accountability – all children, staff, and visitors  Seal windows and vents with plastic  Seal doors with duct tape and wet towels  Monitor radio – KYW for updates  If anyone needs medications or a medical emergency develops, call and inform officials

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10 4. All Clear Procedures  “All Clear” will be announced on KYW or conveyed by Emergency Management officials by phone  Open all doors and windows of the center  Turn on heater/air conditioner system  Account for children, staff, and visitors

11 Additional Steps that Day Care Centers/Hospitals need to consider  Employees cannot be forced to Shelter-In-Place  Important to develop your emergency plans with your employees to maximize their cooperation.  Develop an accountability system: visitors/vendors  Duties must be assigned to specific employees or positions. Employees must have back-ups  Drills must be planned and executed on a regular basis.

12 Common Mistakes with SIP  Direction (Facility Mgr/Maintenance – absent)  Who’s next in charge?  Who is authorized to make decisions?  Facilities & Services  How/Where do you turn off electricity & gas?  How/Where do you close all external air intakes?  Who will do it?

13 Use Checklists  Checklists serve as memory joggers for action items to consider  Checklists provide all-hazard guidance  Specific or sensitive information (e.g. floor plans) can be kept from public scrutiny via checklists

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15 Key points to SIP Plan  Don’t write a plan for each type of disaster  Don’t change the way you normally do things  Plan for all-hazards  Some protective actions will be applicable for several hazards  Make everyone who will have a role aware of the plan

16 The Keys To Success  Risk Assessment – Plan for the Reasonable  Don’t plan for having to house children/patients for a month or for the explosion of 20 megaton atom bomb  Be realistic – not paranoid  Keep it as simple and flexible as possible

17 Summary (4) Key Components: 1.Communications  Announce to employees/visitors  Locate a cell phone and take it to the “safe room”  Take employees/visitor list to the “safe room” 2.Control of Air Movement  Turn off all air handling equipment 3.Shelter Room Procedures  Ascertain accountability – all children, staff, and visitors  Seal windows and vents with plastic  Monitor radio – KYW for updates 4.All Clear Procedures  All Clear announced  Open all doors and windows of the center  Turn on heater/air conditioner system

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19 Philadelphia Fire Code Shelter-in-Place Requirements  F General  F Shelter-in-Place Plan  F All Clear Announcement  F Training  F Shelter-in-Place Drills

20 F General  The Philadelphia Fire Code requires various buildings to develop a plan to shelter occupants inside the building in the event of a hazardous material, biological or other emergency outside the building.

21 F Shelter-in-Place Plan  Shelter-in-place plans shall provide for the safety of building occupants from outdoor contaminants.  Building managers shall identify suitable pre- determined shelter rooms or areas with as few windows, vents and doors as possible.

22 F Shelter-in-Place Plan  Shelter areas shall contain a water supply for both drinking and toilet facilities.  Plans shall require that all doors and windows be shut (and locked where locking provides a tighter seal) and all air handling equipment (heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems) be shut down.

23 F All Clear Announcement  When an all clear message is announced, building managers shall direct people in shelter areas to proceed to the exterior of the building  Open all windows and doors and turn on air handling equipment to facilitate exhausting any contaminants that have infiltrated the building.  Further instructions will be available via radio and television broadcasts.

24 F Training  A copy of the shelter-in- place plan shall be given to all employees and tenants.  Employees required to assist in carrying out the plan shall receive training at least annually.  A record of all training shall be maintained at the building.

25 F Shelter-in-Place Drills  A shelter-in-place drill shall be conducted once annually for all occupancies required to have a plan and twice annually for Group E (educational) occupancies.  Each required shelter-in-place drill for Group E occupancies can be substituted for one fire drill.

26 F Fire Safety and Evacuation Plan  A fire safety and evacuation plan [and a shelter-in- place plan] shall be prepared and maintained for the following occupancies and buildings:  High-rise buildings  Assembly, other than those used exclusively for purposes of religious worship that have an occupant load less than 2,000.  Educational  High hazard  Institutional  Hotel, motels and short term (30 days or less) boarding homes.  Residential care/assisted living facilities with more than five occupants excluding staff.

27 Fire Code Summary  F General  Requires Hospitals and Day Care Facilities to develop a plan to shelter occupants inside the building in the event of an emergency  F Shelter-in-Place Plan  Building managers shall identify suitable pre-determined shelter rooms or areas  Shelter areas shall contain a water supply for both drinking and toilet facilities.  F All Clear Announcement  Direct people to the exterior of the building  Open all windows and doors and turn on air handling equipment  F Training  Shelter-in-place plan given to all employees  Training at least annually  Record of all training  F Shelter-in-Place Drills  Conducted annually

28 Q & A Regarding Philadelphia Fire Code Sheltering-in-PlaceRequirements

29  Should elevators be recalled and/or shut down?  Answer – The Fire Code does not address this issue for shelter-in-place procedures.  Building management can do what they believe is best for building occupants.  Is it permissible to lock the building entry doors and not allow entrance to the building if the door is not a fire exit?  Answer - The Fire Code does not restrict the locking of doors to the exterior that are not exit doors. It does state that exit doors can not be locked in such a manner that prevents egress from a building.

30  If a building has retail tenants that have customers and/or visitors, how should they be sheltered-in-place?  Answer – Provisions should be made to shelter-in-place all occupants that may normally be expected to be in a building at the time of an emergency.  Is a shelter-in-place plan required for each floor of a building?  Answer – No. A plan is required to accommodate all of the occupants in a building.  If building management believes that it is best for occupants of two or more floors to shelter-in-place on one floor that is permitted

31  Are the existing restroom facilities in a building adequate for meeting the requirement to provide drinking and toilet facilities?  Answer – Yes.  What is the protocol for allowing non-tenants in a building during an emergency?  Answer – The Fire Code does not address this issue, but the intent of the requirements is to provide for all persons that may be in the area of an emergency.

32  Is evacuation of the building necessary after a drill, as is required after an emergency?  Answer – Evacuation of a building is not required after a drill. The purpose of occupants evacuating a building after an emergency is to permit the building’s air handling system to remove any contaminants that may have entered the building.  What is the time element expected for sheltering people in place?  Answer – There are no specified or known time frames. The city will deal with an emergency as quickly as possible and permit building occupants to resume normal operations as soon as it is safe to do so.

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