Shelter in Place

“Sheltering-in-Place” provides protection from external hazards, minimizes the chance of injury and/or provides the time necessary to allow for a safe evacuation. This should be done by selecting a small interior room, if possible, with no windows or as few windows as possible. When authorities issue directives to shelter-in-place, do not walk outdoors and take refuge indoors immediately.

A shelter-in-place order may be issued for several reasons:

  • Active shooter incident
  • Severe weather
  • Hazardous materials
  • Civil unrest
  • Hostage situation
  • Or any situation where it is best to stay where you are to avoid any outside threat

When you are directed to shelter in place, take the following actions:

  • Remain calm.
  • Stay where you are. Do not go outside under any circumstances. There are no exceptions to a shelter in place directive.
  • If you are outside, seek shelter in the closest building to you and do not leave the building until directed by police or security, or until an “all clear” is issued.
  • Faculty should recommend to students and others not to leave and stay inside.
  • Select a small interior room, with no or as few windows as possible.
  • Close and lock all windows, exterior doors, and any other openings that lead to the outside.
  • Stay away from all windows and doors.
  • Select interior room(s) above the ground floor with the fewest windows or air vents.
  • If necessary depending on the situation, try to block the door with heavy furniture items, shut off lights, silence all cell phones and remain calm and quiet.