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Shelter in Place

During certain emergency situations, particularly chemical releases, radioactive material releases and some weather emergencies, you may be advised to “Shelter in Place” rather than evacuate the building.

  1. Go or stay inside the building.
  2. Do not use elevators.
  3. Shut and lock all windows and doors.
  4. Turn off the heat, air conditioning or ventilation system, if you have local controls for these systems.
  5. Close fireplace dampers.
  6. Quickly locate supplies you may need, e.g., food, water, radio, etc.
  7. If possible, go a room or corridor where there are no windows.
  8. If possible, monitor for additional information via the main University web page at, radio, or television for further instructions.
  9. Do not call 911 unless you are reporting a life-threatening situation.

Additional steps to be taken if materials are available:

  • In the event of a chemical, biological or radioactive material release requiring Shelter-in-Place, seal doors and windows with duct tape and/or plastic sheeting.
  • Cover cracks under doors with damp towels.

When the "all clear" is announced

  • Open windows and doors.
  • Turn on heating, air conditioning or ventilation system.
  • Go outside and wait until the building has been vented.
Last modified: Wednesday, 05-Jun-2013 15:39:51 EDT