Shelter in Place

Shelter in Place

There are a number of emergency situations where an evacuation of a building and/or classroom is not advisable, i.e. chemical release, hostile intruder, terrorist, etc.  In situations such as these, the safest method to protect individuals may be to take shelter inside a building and wait for further instructions.

Sheltering-in-Place can have different reactions depending on the particular situation.

In the event of a chemical exposure that threatens a campus and its surrounding area, the local Office of Emergency Management will declare a Shelter-in-Place action.  Upon notification of such declaration, building occupants will be instructed to stay inside the buildings until an all-clear notification is received.

  • Stay indoors or if outside go to the nearest building and take cover.
  • Close all windows and doors.
  • Stay away from windows when possible.  If available, lower blinds and/or curtains.
  • If radio or television is available, turn on for continuous updates, (KTRH 740 AM).
  • If eyes, nose or throat become irritated, if possible, protect your breathing by covering your mouth with a damp cloth, taking frequent shallow breaths and staying calm.
  • Do not leave the building until you receive official notification that the danger has passed.

If gunshots are heard, Shelter-in-Place procedures should be implemented immediately.  If possible, campus police should be notified immediately.  Building fire alarms should NOT be sounded.

  • Turn off lights.
  • Everyone is to remain quiet and not enter hallways.
  • Crouch down in areas that are out of sight from doors and windows.
  • Should the fire alarm sound, do not evacuate the building unless:

     You have first-hand knowledge that there is an emergency.

     You have been advised by college police to evacuate the building, or there is imminent danger in the immediate area.

  • Individuals in hallways are to seek shelter in the nearest classroom.
  • Individuals in outdoor areas should immediately take cover.