In some situations, it may be safer to remain inside at your current location (shelter-in-place) rather than to evacuate. In these situations, leaving may put you in greater danger. Examples of these situations may include hazardous materials in the air, severe weather, active shooter situations, etc… Whatever the situation, it is important to act quickly and understand what shelter-in-place means. Remember: Shelter in place means to “Stay Put” and not leave.
Generally, individuals are only asked to shelter-in-place for a short span of time (a few minutes to a few hours). Authorities will attempt to provide information on whether or not you should shelter-in-place or evacuate, as well as the most appropriate actions to follow. However, there are some situations (such an active shooter) when authorities may not be able to immediately provide certain information, and it will be up to you to make the best decision on what to do with the information you have available.
It is important to maintain a plan of action should you be faced with a situation that requires you to stay put.
- Specific actions will depend on the event, but may include locating a room with few or no windows, shutting windows, locking exterior doors, sealing off a room, shutting off devices that make noise, turning off ventilation systems, or moving into an interior portion of the building.
- You should always be alert to changing conditions, and be prepared to take additional actions to ensure your safety.
- Take time now to identify safe areas for you to stay put. Think of things that you may need while shelter-in-place. Make sure you have a plan outlining who you will contact, where you will go, and what you will need.
- Contact Campus Police (334-4444) and advise them of the situation and your location (if appropriate and safe to do so).
Taking steps such as building an emergency kit (http://www.readyguilford.org/kit) and establishing an emergency contact list are additional steps that can be taken now, before an emergency. In the event of any emergency, having a list of contacts outside of the area is important. This will provide someone for you to contact and let them know you are okay. This will also give your family and friends a person to contact to check on your wellbeing.
In any event, always remember to follow the instructions of authorities as information becomes available. Remember to take all warnings and alerts seriously.
In the event of any emergency, know who to call:
- On-Campus: Contact Campus Police – 336.334.4444
- Off-Campus: Contact 911
Office of Emergency Management: