Eastern Michigan University

Environmental Health & Safety

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Shelter-in-Place

The term, Shelter-in-Place means to seek immediate shelter and remain there during an emergency rather than evacuate the area. To shelter-in-place is a way to protect students, faculty, staff and visitors by having them remain in their classrooms, offices, residential rooms, or other designated locations.

Taking shelter inside may be in response to an external hazard such as a chemical release from an industrial or transportation accident, police, fire or public health emergencies, or acts of violence.

You must immediately seek shelter in the nearest facility or building (preferably in a room with no windows), if it is safe to do so, when:

1. You hear the outdoor warning sirens.

2. You are directed to do so by emergency personnel.

 

Shelter-In-Place Guidelines 

1. If you are “sheltering” due to a tornado warning, immediately go to a safe location in your building.

  • Go to the lowest level of the building, preferably a basement or tunnel. Position yourself in theTornado Siren safest portion of the area away from glass. Be prepared to kneel facing a wall and cover your head.
  • In high-rise (four stories or more) buildings, vacate the top floor and move to a lower floor or to the basement. Position yourself in an interior corridor away from glass. Be prepared to kneel facing the wall and cover your head.
  • If you encounter an individual with special needs, provide assistance if possible.
  • Try to obtain additional clarifying information by all possible means (e.g. EMU Homepage, text message, radio, e-mail, etc.)

 2. If you are “sheltering” due to a hazardous materials (HAZMAT) situation, take the following actions:

  • Close all windows and doors.
  • Do not go outside or attempt to drive unless you are specifically instructed to evacuate.
  • If you encounter an individual with special needs, provide assistance if possible.
  • Try to obtain additional clarifying information by all possible means (e.g. EMU homepage, text message, radio, e-mail, etc.)
  • Do not leave until instructed to do so by emergency personnel.

 3. If you are “sheltering” due to an active shooter, building intruder or a civil disturbance on campus, immediately go to a safe location in your building if you cannot exit the building.

  • If possible, take refuge in a room that can be locked. If unable to lock the door secure it by any means possible.
  • The room should provide limited visibility to anyone that is outside of it.
  • Hide under a desk, in a closet, or in the corner and create a barricade.
  • After getting to a safe location and without jeopardizing your safety, try to obtain additional clarifying information by all possible means (e.g. EMU Homepage, text message, radio, e-mail, etc.).