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Shelter-in-place refers to the need to remain where you are for your own safety.
Employees and students generally cannot be forced to shelter-in-place; however, there are circumstances when university officials and emergency personnel will order that everyone must stay where they are for their own safety and well-being. You should consider how and where to shelter-in-place prior to having to perform this measure.
A shelter-in-place order may be issued for several reasons:
The reason for the shelter-in-place order may not be immediately communicated to everyone. If a shelter-in-place order is issued:
You should know where the shelter areas are in your building. If you do not, attempt to seek shelter in the basement or interiormost portion of the building, avoiding windows and glass doors.
For additional information, see severe weather section.
Remain in the shelter until told everything is all clear by emergency personnel. Do not leave until you are sure of the identity or source of the person making the announcement.
Last Updated: Sept. 29, 2010