Sheltering- In- Place: Key Actions
Faculty, Staff, and Students Should:
- Remain calm
- If you are outside, seek cover in the nearest building. Do not wait until you see or smell the hazard to seek shelter. Resist the urge to go outside and “check it out”.
- Once inside, find an interior room or hallway and await further instructions. Stay away from exterior windows.
- Close and lock all exterior doors and windows (to avoid inadvertent opening).
- Turn off heating, cooling and ventilation systems.
- If you are inside, stay there, even if you do not normally work or have class in that building.
- Students/staff should identify themselves to the faculty/staff member in charge.
- Faculty/staff member in charge, should take roll and document the names of all persons present.
- Staff/students will remain indoors until further instructions are received from administration or emergency personnel.
Incident Command Staff Will:
- Ensure 9-1-1 has been called if appropriate.
- Be prepared to shut down all HVAC systems and stop outside air intrusion to all occupied buildings on campus!
- Establish an Incident Command Post (ICP) if needed.
- If safe to do so, activate Red Bag group members as needed to provide support in sheltered buildings, provide communications between buildings and the ICP, and fill other needed assignments.
- When it is deemed safe by the Incident Commander (or other official), give the "All Clear" command.
- Typically used for environmental threats, including animals.
- May require shut-down of HVAC - isolation from outside air.
- In some cases is a better alternative than evacuation.