A Shelter-in-Place action may need to be taken during an accidental release of toxic chemicals to the outside air or other emergencies where the escape route may not be safely secured. Shelter-in-Place means to seek an immediate, temporary shelter inside a building, residence hall, or area. If you are already located within a building when a Shelter-in-Place is activated, you should remain there until further instructed. Shelter-in-Place may be advised for individuals or large groups depending on the situation
Notification for Shelter-in-Place may come through several ways. People may hear from the NHTI Alerts system, e-mail, telephone, or radio and television stations.
The best location to choose for sheltering in place is a room with the fewest number of doors and windows. A large room with a water supply is desirable. During a Shelter-in-Place event, shutting down the heating and cooling systems is recommended. This will limit the movement of air into the building.
When you receive a notice to shelter in place, you should take the following steps immediately:
- Seek shelter in a building as quickly as possible, if you are not already in one.
- Close and secure all doors and windows to the outside.
- Turn off the heating and cooling system, if possible, to limit air flow in and out of the building.
- If this is a chemical leak, use duct tape, if available, to seal up openings around doors and windows. You can also use a towel or something similar to block the gap at the base of the door.
- Keep your cell phone handy because updates will be sent through the NHTI Alerts system. If available, turn on a radio.
- If there is a power loss, your phone can also be used as a flashlight.
- Do not go outside unless instructed to evacuate.
Evacuation of Buildings
You may receive notification to evacuate the building you are in for various reasons, the most common would be a fire alarm activation. Whatever the notification method, you should do the following when evacuating a building;
- Every room on campus contains an evacuation map, please follow to the nearest exit
- Walk -- do not run.
- DO NOT USE ELEVATORS
- Seek out people with special needs and provide assistance if possible. Professional Emergency Responders will provide assistance.
- Gather at your designated campus area assembly point, see below, where you will receive further instructions. Do not return to your building unless instructed to do so by Campus Safety or responding police or other individuals in charge.
Evacuation of Buildings to Designated Areas
|EVACUATED SITE||ASSEMBLY SITE|
|White Hall||Sweeney Hall|
|North Hall||Wellness Center/Cafeteria|
|Macrury Hall||Little Hall|
|Little Hall||Macrury Hall|
|Adjunct Trailer||Macrury Hall|
|Strout Hall||South/Capital Commons|
|South Hall||Strout/Capital Commons|
|Grappone Hall||Capital Commons|