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In some situations, it may be safer to remain inside at your current location (shelter-in-place) rather than to evacuate. In these situations, leaving your location may put you in greater danger.

Examples of when you may be asked to shelter-in-place include:

  • Severe weather events
  • Significant hazardous materials spill/release
  • Active shooter

Shelter-in-Place means STAY PUT – do not leave your area of safety.

Maintain a plan of action should you be faced with a situation that requires you to shelter-in-place:

  • Specific actions will depend upon the type of event requiring you to shelter, but may include locating a room with few or no windows, shutting windows, locking exterior doors, sealing off a room, shutting off devices that make noise, turning off ventilation systems, or moving into an interior portion of the building.
  • Be alert to changing conditions, and be prepared to take additional actions to ensure your safety.
  • Take time now to identify safe areas for you to shelter-in-place. Think of the critical things that you may need while sheltering (i.e., medications).
  • If you have an emergency or need help, contact HPU Security. Understand that the dispatcher will be busy handling incoming calls, so please call only if necessary.