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Appendix C.5 Shelter-in-Place

Severe Weather

Remain Calm

  • Immediately seek shelter inside the closest sturdy building.
  • Once inside, stay away from windows, glass, and unsecured objects that may fall.
  • Best to seek shelter in interior rooms and corridors.
  • Resist the temptation to go outside and check the weather conditions yourself.
  • DO NOT use elevators.
  • Monitor emergency communications for specific instructions.
  • DO NOT leave until an “All Clear” is received.
  • During a tornado, seek shelter on the lowest level possible. If warranted, consider crouching near the floor and seeking additional shelter under a sturdy desk or table, or cover your head with your hands.

    Remember, always use common sense. There are exceptions to all guidance and prescribed directions.

    Weather Definitions

    Watch: Conditions are favorable for the development of severe weather. Closely monitor the situation in the event advisories or warnings are issued.

    Warning: Severe weather has actually been observed. Listen closely for instructions provided by weather radios/emergency officials.

    Chemical, Biological or Radiological

    A place of shelter is an area inside a building that offers occupants protection during an accident or intentional release of a chemical, biological or radiological agent.

    Note: Many toxic chemicals have a vapor density greater than that of air, and will seek lowest ground. In the case of a shelter in place due to a chemical spill, follow instructions provided by emergency personnel.

  • Go inside the nearest building.
  • Close all doors, windows and other inlets from the outside.
  • Monitor emergency communications for specific instructions.
  • Hostile Intruder / Active Threat (Information available at

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