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.
- 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.
- 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.