Evacuation and Shelter
Do I Stay or Do I Go?
When an emergency occurs there are typically two immediate strategies that are used to protect people. One is called Shelter in Place and the other is Evacuation.
Shelter in Place means to go and stay indoors when a situation occurs outdoors that may be a hazard to health or is life-threatening. Generally you are instructed to go indoors, lock doors/windows, shut off fans and air conditioners and stay away from doors and windows. Remain in place until told it is safe to leave. Evacuation means to immediately leave a hazard location (ie: building, area of campus, etc.) due to an immediate health or life-threatening hazard.
Most emergencies that require an evacuation or shelter in place strategy are generally short in duration. If an emergency is going to continue for an extended period of time; arrangements will be made to move or provide support to people sheltering in place.
In an extended evacuation situation, people will be directed to other buildings/areas on campus for support (information, food, shelter, medical attention, etc). Generally these sites are locations such as dining halls, libraries and other larger assembly areas on campus. Specific details will be provided at the time of the emergency by University Administration and staff.