EVACUATE - STAY WHERE YOU ARE – SHELTER IN PLACE…
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE???????
When the Board of County Commissioners makes an EVACUATION recommendation in preparation of a hurricane making landfall, you need to know what zone your home is in, and what your evacuation route is! This information is on the map below and at the centerfold of this guide.
Hurricanes are not the only threat that Lee County faces. There are many other situations for which evacuation would not be advisable. For instance: if an active shooter were on the loose, you may hear the recommendation to STAY WHERE YOU ARE.
That recommendation means lock your doors and windows, and do not put yourself in any open locations where you could become a potential target.
Similarly, you may be advised to SHELTER IN PLACE (SIP). SIP is most commonly recommended for situations that pose an airborne threat. For instance: if there were a terrorist attack with a possible chemical, radiological, or biological component; or if there were a train or traffic accident involving the transportation of a hazardous material, a SIP recommendation would be given.
This means that in addition to staying where you are, closing windows and doors, you also need to shut off air ventilation, air conditioning or heating systems in your building. Air circulation systems could pull contaminated air in, and expose the people within the structure to the hazard. If possible, plastic sheeting should also be duct taped around all exterior doors, windows and air vents to ensure exterior air is not entering your location.