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A number of emergencies could require you to shelter-in-place, such as a hazardous material spill in the local area, dangerous weather, or violence on campus. Shelter-in-place simply means creating a shelter where you are. Take shelter immediately; do not go looking for your coworkers, roommate or children. If you are required to shelter-in-place it could last a few minutes or a few hours.

The emergency siren will sound on campus to signal a shelter-in-place, and additional instructions will be given via e2Campus, website banners, and email. Local radio and television stations may also provide additional information.

Action Steps

  • Go to a small, interior room. In classroom buildings it may be best for entire classes to gather in large rooms so fewer rooms need to be air-proofed.
  • On the way to your chosen shelter, shut as many doors and windows as possible. Lock and barricade access unless you are certain it is a non-violent emergency.
  • If advised to do so, shut off any fans, air conditioners, heaters or anything that may draw air into a room. Close all vents. Use duct tape to seal off vents and electrical outlets and create an airtight seal around windows and doors. Plant services may turn off all ventilation systems so no outside air is taken in.
  • If possible, monitor the situation on local radio stations (try KONA 160 AM/105.3 FM or KGTS 91.3 FM)
  • Do not leave the room until instructed to do so by emergency workers.
  • If you are in a residence hall room or apartment lock all doors and windows, then move to an interior room and follow the above steps.
  • Unless it is known to be a non-violent emergency,
    • Lock and barricade all access to your area
    • Turn off as many lights as possible
    • Be as quiet as possible
    • Plan your response should an intruder break into your area.
Last update on March 12, 2019