Shelter-in-Place

The term, shelter-in-place, means to immediately seek shelter and remain there during an emergency rather than evacuate. Shelter-in-place should only be used when evacuation is not safe. The decision to shelter-in-place will be announced by College officials. In making such decisions the College consults with appropriate entities such as state and local officials and the National Weather Service. There are only a few emergency situations requiring that we shelter-in-place. These include such incidents as a tornado warning, a radiation release from Surry Nuclear Power Plant, a hazardous material spill, or a violent person.  While similar in concept, each incident type does have unique shelter-in-place considerations. Familiarization with these concepts will help with personal protection decision making.

When it is understood that an eminently dangerous situation exists and evacuation is inadvisable, notification will be given to shelter-in-place. This announcement will be made using the College’s Emergency Notification System as soon as it is feasible in order to provide the campus community as much time as possible to take protective actions.

The following recommendations should be considered:

 

 

Basement or Substantial Masonry walls

Small Interior Room or Stairwell

No Windows / Glass

Seal Windows / Door Cracks

Turn Off Ventilation

Lock / Barricade Doors

Tornado / Severe Weather

X

X

X

 

 

 

Hazardous Material

 

*

 

X

X

 

Power Plant Release

X

 

 

X

X

 

Armed Threat

 

 

 

 

X

* Chemical hazard - select a room above ground level.

† - Exterior windows can be an escape route if in the same building as the threat. Avoid sheltering in rooms with interior windows that would allow you to be seen from another room or hallway.