The term, Shelter-In Place, means to seek immediate shelter and remain there during an emergency rather than evacuate the area. It is always preferred to evacuate. Shelter-In-Place should only be used when an evacuation is not safe. In place sheltering usually lasts no more than a few minutes to a few hours and preparations, made in advance, can ensure that the event is as comfortable as possible. Each department should determine its sheltering location prior to an incident occurring.
The preferred Shelter-In-Place location would be an interior room, hallway or stairwell, with limited or no windows. A preferred location would have access to restroom facilities as well as drinking water.
There may be situations when it's best to stay where you are to avoid any uncertainty outside. There are other circumstances, such as during a tornado or a chemical incident when specifically how and where you take shelter is a matter of survival.
Determine where you will take shelter if instructed to do so.
Shelter-In-Place (violent person) Procedures
Upon the recommendation of public safety officials, or when there is a significant security concern, the safest course of action may be to shelter-in-place. Everyone shall stay as calm as possible and follow these procedures:
1. First, ensure your own safety
2. Notify University Police
3. Assist others
When the security threat is over, University Police will move through the entire building and notify everyone that the threat is gone.
Last Updated: 4/4/11