Shelter in Place

Shelter-in-place is a precaution to help keep you safe by remaining indoors but having access to the building and being able to move around freely. Notification of a shelter-in-place will be initiated by the University.

If instructed to shelter-in-place:

  • Close and lock all windows and exterior doors. If there is danger of an explosion, close all window coverings (e.g., shades, blinds, curtains). Also turn off all fans, vents, and heating and air conditioning systems.

  • If possible, take refuge in a small interior room with no or few windows. In case of a chemical threat, an above-ground location is preferable, as chemicals heavier than air may seep into the basement even with the windows closed.

  • Although most shelter-in-place orders usually last only a few hours, take any emergency survival kits with you to have a supply of food, bottled water, first aid supplies and medications on hand.

  • Have a working radio available so you can listen to the media to know when it is safe to come out or wheter you will need to evacuate the area.

  • Do not leave the building or go outside until advised that it is safe by emergency services.

  • Try to have a hard-wired telephone inside the room in which you are seeking shelter. This will provide a backup to any cellular equipment you may have.

  • Avoid using the telephone unless you are reporting an emergency or it is absolutely necessary. Emergency responders and those who need immediate emergency assistance will need all available lines.

When is evacuation necessary?

Emergencies that require shelter-in-place include:

  • inclement weather
  • hazardous material incident
  • gas leak

Know your building. Be aware of all evacuation routes and exits out of your building.

How to get help on campus

It is very important to know during any emergency how to get help on campus.