Shelter in Place

In an emergency, you may be told to “shelter in place,” a precautionary measure to keep you in a safe indoor location. You may be told to shelter in place during a large hazardous chemical release, to avoid violent crime, or when safe evacuation is not possible. 

If you are instructed to shelter in place

  • Enter the nearest building if you are not already indoors.
  • Close and lock exterior doors and windows.
  • Turn off fans, heating and air conditioning systems.
  • Stay near a working phone or internet device – but avoid using your phone unless absolutely necessary to minimize load on cellular networks, which are needed by emergency responders. 
  • Monitor university social media and website for updates and instructions.

Be prepared to shelter in place

  • Spend a few moments evaluating your workplace, classroom, or other places you frequent; identify spots that could provide protection if needed.