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Shelter In Place


Sheltering-in-Place is a protective action taken inside a building to protect the building occupants from external hazards, minimizing the chance of injury and/or providing the time necessary to allow for a safe evacuation. Circumstances that may warrant a shelter-in-place activity could include:

  • Severe weather
  • Biological incident
  • Active Shooter
  • Civil unrest such as riot
  • Radiological incident
  • Accidental chemical exposure

Practice general safety precautions at all times. If you observe any suspicious activity on campus, immediately contact University Police at 9-1-1 or (909) 869-3070 if you are using a cellular telephone.

The notice to Shelter-In-Place will be issued by emergency personnel from University Police or the Emergency Operations Center and can be received in many ways. Building emergency personnel may receive notice to Shelter-In-Place or notice may be sent using our campus wide Safety Alert.

In the event of an active shooter,

  • If you can leave the area safely, do so
  • Quietly notify anyone you encounter as you are leaving that they must exit immediately as well
  • Do not signal the building occupants by activating a fire alarm
  • Take shelter in another university building if possible
  • Contact University Police to advise them of what is happening

If you cannot leave the area,

  • Close and lock the door
  • Move furniture to barricade the door if possible
  • Turn off the lights. Block any windows that provide a view of the room to the outside
  • Stay away from the windows and doors if at all possible
  • Seek protective cover of some kind under or behind furniture
  • Remain quiet and take a moment to switch all cell phones in the room to vibrate mode so that they will not alert anyone to your presence
  • Do not open the door or leave the room until directed to do so by emergency personnel
  • Remain calm and develop a plan to escape should it become necessary
  • If police enter the room, follow their instructions

For severe weather and civil unrest that pose a physical threat,

  • Stay inside and move away from windows to the inner corridors
  • Be sure to close all doors connecting exterior offices to the corridor
  • For extreme weather, relocate to interior lower levels in the building

For external chemical, biological or radiological incident,

  • Stay inside and move to an inner corridor or office, closing doors behind you
  • Close windows and turn off air conditioners and fans
  • Move to higher levels of the building if possible to reduce the transfer of contaminated air from outside to
  • inside
  • Move higher in the building since many chemical agents are heavier than air and tend to hug the ground