Sheltering In Place

Sheltering in place means that individuals must seek immediate shelter in buildings or residence halls and remain there until emergency management officials issue additional instructions or declare that emergency conditions have ended.

Basic Information

  1. Sheltering in place is one of several response options available to emergency management officials in the event of certain emergencies.
  2. Sheltering in place is usually intended as a short-term option for limiting the potential exposure of persons to hazards that may be present outdoors. These situations may include, but are not limited to:
    1. Hazardous material (HAZMAT) incidents;
    2. Weather emergencies; and
    3. Chemical, nuclear, or biological incidents caused accidentally or intentionally.

Notifications
Ways you may be notified to shelter in place include, but are not limited to:

  1. Alert sirens (the university is exploring this and other notification devices);
  2. Radio or television announcements;
  3. Emails;
  4. Observing dangerous conditions outdoors; or
  5. University or other emergency management officials.
  6. Electronic Text and voice emergency system (the university is exploring this and other notification devices)

Additional Actions

  1. Close all doors and windows to the outside.
  2. Do not use elevators as they may pump air into or out of buildings.
  3. Turn off all machinery.
  4. If in laboratories, reduce all operations to safe conditions as quickly as possible, pull down sashes on chemical fume hoods, and discontinue laboratory processes that may create hazards if chemical fume hoods, bio safety cabinets, or building ventilations systems were turned off.
  5. Limit the use of telephones to that emergency communications will not be hindered by non-essential calls.
  6. Tune radios or televisions to Emergency Alert System (EAS) stations for further information (see below).
  7. University and emergency management officials will control building ventilation systems.
  8. Do not go outside or attempt to drive unless you are specifically directed to evacuate.
  9. Remain in place until university or emergency management officials tell you it is safe to leave or until information is announced through radio or television broadcasts alerting you that it is safe to do leave.

Emergency Alert System (EAS)

  1. All federally licensed broadcast stations and cable systems monitor the national EAS and their state-wide EAS. All participants in the EAS may also initiate their own, localized emergency messages.
  2. You can listen to any local radio station or watch any local television station for national or state-wide EAS announcements.
  3. You can listen to WTMD 89.7 for national, state-wide, and Morgan State University specific EAS announcements.

Additional Resources