Shelter-In-Place

Remember, always use good judgment. There are exceptions to all guidance and prescribed directions.

Shelter-in-place is an action taken to seek immediate shelter indoors when emergency conditions DO NOT warrant or allow evacuation. These situations may include a security threat, extreme weather or dangerous air quality due to the accidental or intentional release of hazardous materials.

 

Security Threat (Lockdown) 

  • ­If you are outside, proceed to the nearest protective building.
  • ­Once inside, proceed to the identi­fied Storm Refuge Area or to the lowest, most interior area of the building, away from windows or hazardous equipment or materials.
  • ­If caught outdoors, shelter in a low-lying area or depression and lay face down, covering your head.
  • ­If outside during a lockdown emergency, seek cover in the nearest unlocked building.
  • ­If the buildings in the immediate area have locked exterior doors, move away from the danger, seek cover, move to another building, or leave campus if it is safe to do so.
  • ­Assist those who need help, but carefully consider whether you may put yourself at risk.
  • ­Once within a safe place, attempt to secure the space (i.e., lock or barricade doors, close windows/blinds).
  • ­Remain quiet, unless making noise would be bene­ficial to your safety. Turn off lights and silence phones.
  • ­DO NOT open the door until a KNOWN law enforcement officer advises it is safe to do so or some other credible information, such as UIC ALERT Emergency Noti­fication System, is received advising the threat is over.

 

Severe Weather

  • ­If you are outside, proceed to the nearest protective building.
  • ­Once inside, proceed to the identi­fied Storm Refuge Area or to the lowest, most interior area of the building, away from windows or hazardous equipment or materials.
  • ­If caught outdoors, shelter in a low-lying area or depression and lay face down, covering your head.