Shelter in Place

Shelter in Place


An emergency situation such as a hazardous materials release outside of building, major storm, terrorism incident, etc. may require students and employees to take shelter in their facility:

  • Identify safe areas within the facility (preferably interior, windowless rooms) in which to take shelter when the threat is occurring outside of the building and the safest place is inside of the building. Ideally this occurs well before the need, i.e. do this today.
  • In the event of hazardous materials incidents requiring sheltering in place, close exterior windows and turn off heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.
  • Account for students and staff. Call the department of Publc Safety to report your location and the persons who are present.
  • A disaster supply kit should at least include:

Basic Disaster Supplies Kit


Recommended Supplies List (PDF)

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
For further information as to what should be put in a Basic Disaster Supplies Kit, visit