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Shelter in Place

When emergency conditions do not warrant or allow evacuation, the safest method to protect individuals may be to take shelter inside a campus building and await further instructions.

  • Move indoors or remain indoors. Avoid windows and areas with glass.
  • If available, take a radio or television to the room to track emergency status.
  • Keep telephone lines free for emergency responders. Do not call 911 for information.

If hazardous materials are involved:

  • Turn off all ventilation systems and close all outside air inlets.
  • Select a room(s), which is easy to seal, and, if possible, has a water supply and access to restrooms.
  • If you smell gas or vapor, hold a wet cloth loosely over your mouth and nose, and breathe through it in as normal a fashion as possible.