Shelter in place is a public protection tool during hazardous materials accidents to minimize the exposure of the threatened public to dangerous chemical(s). Sheltering in place uses a structure and its indoor atmosphere to temporarily separate people from a hazardous outside atmosphere.
Some exposure will occur, but if properly undertaken, sheltering in place can provide substantial protection from doses high enough to cause injury.
In the event that a shelter in place is advised for the campus, all persons will be notified by the campus Emergency Preparedness – Public Address System.
How to Shelter in Place – Building
- Close and lock all doors and windows and other opening to the outside.
- Shut off the buildings ventilation system.
- Building deputies post signs on doors – “Shelter in Place in Effect – NO ENTRY.”
- If possible, move to interior room(s) above ground floor level with fewest windows and vents.
- If possible, use plastic sheeting and duct tape to seal all cracks around doors and any vents in the room.
- DO NOT LEAVE or open the building until an All Clear is given by the campus Emergency Preparedness- Public Address System.
How to Shelter in Place – Vehicle
- If you are close to home or public building, go there immediately and go inside.
- If you are unable to, pull over to the side of the road. Stop your vehicle in the safest place possible.
- Turn off engine and close windows and vents.
- If possible, seal the heating/AC vents with duct tape.
- Listen to the radio regularly for updated advice and instructions.
- Stay where you are until you are told it is safe to get back on the road.