Shelter in place means finding a safe location indoors and staying there until you are given an “all clear” or told to evacuate. You may be asked to shelter in place because of an active shooter; tornado; or chemical, radiological, or other hazard.
- In finding a safe location: Does the door lock? Does it open out or in? Is there furniture nearby that you can use to barricade the door? Can you close or block the windows?
- Think of what you might need (food, water, and medication) if the shelter-in-place notice lasts many hours.
In an active shooter situation: determine whether you need to barricade yourself. Know if the door opens outward or inward. Test the lock.
In a severe weather event: the rule of thumb is to put as many walls between you and the outdoors as possible and head to the lowest floor possible. The basement is an ideal location.
- Stay calm.
- Proceed to a location that can be secured, and lock or secure the door. If necessary, move something in front of the door to ensure it cannot be forced open.
- Turn off all lights, silence all phones, and wait for further instructions. Instruction will come via e-mail or text, so keep your silenced phone nearby.
- Do not open the door until instructed by responding authorities.
- Remember: contact Yale Police or 911 if you feel that your safety is in jeopardy
- Wait in the safest location possible until you are given the “all clear” or told to evacuate.
- During an active shooter situation, the University will “lock-down” all exterior doors.
*Planning discussion necessary by your department, unit, college, or school