Emergency Preparedness Information
SHELTER IN PLACE PROCEDURES
Whether you are on campus, at home or elsewhere, there may be situations when it's simply best to stay where you are and avoid any uncertainty outside. During specified emergency situations, particularly chemical, biological or radioactive material releases, some weather emergencies, or the threat of imminent danger, you may be directed to "Shelter in Place" rather than evacuate the building.
Depending on the type of emergency situation, directions to shelter in place may be sent using a variety of communication tools, including: cell phones, campus telephones, television monitors, Outdoor Warning System, or campus Building SAFE Leaders and Floor Monitors.
If directed to shelter in place:
Remain where you are until further direction from emergency personnel is given.
SEALING THE ROOM
There are other circumstances when staying put and creating a barrier between yourself and potentially contaminated air outside is a matter of survival. This process is known as "sealing the room" while Sheltering in Place. Use available information to assess the situation. If you see large amounts of debris in the air, or if campus authorities say the air is badly contaminated, you may want to take this kind of action.
The process used to seal the room is considered a temporary protective measure to create a barrier between you and potentially contaminated air outside. This is a type of sheltering in place that requires pre-planning.
To "Seal the Room"