Shelter-In-Place Procedures
ESF Campus Emergency Procedures

The term, Shelter-In Place, means to seek immediate shelter and remain there during an emergency rather than evacuate the area. It is always preferred to evacuate. Shelter-In-Place should only be used when an evacuation is not safe. In place sheltering usually lasts no more than a few minutes to a few hours and preparations, made in advance, can ensure that the event is as comfortable as possible. Each department should determine its sheltering location prior to an incident occurring.

The preferred Shelter-In-Place location would be an interior room or hallway, with limited or no windows. The location would have access to restroom facilities as well as drinking water.

Shelter-In-Place (weather) Recommendations

There may be situations when it's best to stay where you are to avoid any uncertainty outside. There are other circumstances, such as during a tornado or a chemical incident when specifically how and where you take shelter is a matter of survival.

Determine where you will take shelter if instructed to do so.

  1. Storm cellars or basements provide the best protection.
  2. If underground shelter is not available (or not advisable due to the situation), go into an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible.
  3. In a high-rise building, go to an interior stairwell, small interior room, or hallway on the lowest floor possible.
  4. Stay away from windows, doors and outside walls. Go to the center of the room. Stay away from corners because they attract debris.
  5. Stay in the shelter location until the danger has passed.

Shelter-In-Place (violent person) Procedures

Upon the recommendation of public safety officials, or when there is a significant security concern, the safest course of action may be to shelter-in-place. Everyone shall stay as calm as possible and follow these procedures:

  1. First, ensure your own safety
    1. Move to the nearest location that can be secured by a locked door.
    2. If a locked door is not available, move as far away from the threat as is safely possible. Isolate yourself and restrict entry anyway that is possible.
    3. Remain quiet and do not do anything that will draw attention to you.
  2. Notify University Police
    1. Campus Phone: ext. 6666
    2. Cell Phone: 315-440-6615
  3. Assist others
    1. Allow other trusted individuals into your secure location.
    2. Instruct them to remain calm and quiet
    3. If you know where the intruder (or source of the security threat) is, contact University Police immediately. When the security threat is over, University Police will move through the entire building and notify everyone that the threat is gone.


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