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Shelter in Place

There are a number of emergencies 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 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 becomes 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.
In the event of a severe weather warning, that threatens a campus and its surrounding area, the 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)
  • Do not leave the building until you receive official notification that the danger has passed.
  • If under a tornado watch, take refuge in an interior area away from windows and glass.