During emergency situations, you can Shelter-in-Place (Stay In). Only follow these actions if it is safe to do so. When in doubt, follow your instincts – you are your best advocate.

Shelter-In-Place (Stay In)

Action taken to seek immediate shelter indoors when emergency conditions do not warrant or allow evacuation.

Severe Weather

  • If you are outside, proceed to the nearest protective building.
  • If sheltering-in-place due to severe weather, proceed to the identified Storm Refuge Area or to the lowest, most interior area of the building away from window or hazardous equipment or materials.

Security Threat

  • If you cannot safely evacuate, find a secure area within your building to stay and wait for further information.
  • Assist those who need help, but carefully consider whether you may put yourself at risk.
  • Once within a safe place, attempt to secure the space (i.e.: lock doors, close windows/blinds).
  • If unable to lock the door, secure by any means possible.
  • Remain quiet, unless making noise would be beneficial to your safety (i.e.: rescue recovery).
  • Do not open the door until a KNOWN law enforcement officer advises it is safe to do so or some other credible information, such as UIS-Alert, is received advising the threat is over.