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Certain types of incidents may require a practice known as sheltering in place. Radiological or chemical attacks, a sudden violent storm like a tornado or violent criminal activity are the kinds of activities that may require a shelter-in-place response. In those types of incidents, an evacuation to an exterior location could place University members in greater harm.

Shelter in place, usually intended as a short-term option, is an order given only by police, fire and rescue personnel. If the order is given, these procedures should be followed:

  • Stay inside to protect yourself.  In the event of a weather or chemical incident, the safest location within the building is a centrally located room or a basement.
  • The area should have no or few windows; if there are any windows, stay as far away from them as possible.
  • Block any cracks around doors with anything available (clothing, paper, etc.).
  • Turn off fans or any appliance that moves air.
  • Do not go outside or attempt to drive unless an evacuation order is issued; remain in place until University police officers advise it is safe to do otherwise.

You can prepare for these types of emergency by preparing a modest kit containing the following:

  • candy bars and snacks
  • bottled water
  • flashlight and batteries
  • plastic bags
  • medications
  • cell phone
  • radio

UB maintenance personnel are specially trained for responding to a shelter in place emergency. Among their instructions is to turn off any devices that bring air in from the outside, in order to lessen the chance of contamination.

Last Published 10/2/15