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.
- Go or stay inside the building.
- Do not use elevators.
- Shut and lock all windows and doors.
- Turn off the heat, air conditioning or ventilation system, if you have local controls for these systems.
- Close fireplace dampers.
- Quickly locate supplies you may need, e.g., food, water, radio, etc.
- If possible, go a room or corridor where there are no windows.
- If possible, monitor for additional information via the main University web page at http://www.rochester.edu, radio, or television for further instructions.
- 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.