A lockdown is a procedure used when there is an immediate threat to the building occupants and there is a need to stop access to all or a portion of the buildings on campus. In the event of a lockdown, “Lock Out” and secure yourself in a room and remain there until the situation has been resolved. This allows emergency responders to secure the students, faculty, and staff, address the immediate threat, render first aid if needed, and remove any innocent bystanders from immediate danger to an area of safe refuge. An "all clear" message will be sent once the area is deemed safe.

Shelter-in-Place – What it means to “Shelter-in-Place”

If an incident occurs and the buildings or areas around you become unstable, or if the air outdoors becomes dangerous due to toxic or irritating substances, or in the event of police activity in the immediate area, it is usually safer to seek shelter in the nearest building and remain there. “Shelter-in-place” means to make a shelter of the building that you are in and lock your doors until the situation has been resolved and you are notified that it is safe to go outside. An "all clear" message will be sent once the area is deemed safe.

Basic “Shelter-in-Place” Guidance

If an incident occurs and the building you are in is not damaged, stay inside in an interior room until you are told it is safe to come out. If your building is damaged, take your personal belongings (purse, wallet, keys, ID card, etc.) and follow the evacuation procedures for your building (close your door, proceed to the nearest exit, and use the stairs instead of the elevators). Once you have evacuated, seek shelter at the nearest building quickly. If police or fire department personnel are on the scene, follow their directions.

How You Will Know to “Shelter-in-Place”

A shelter-in-place notification may come from several sources, including Campus Safety, HRL Staff members, other College employees, APD, the federal or state government, or other authorities utilizing the College’s Omnilert and Alertus emergency communications tools. Notification will come in the form of a combination of text messages, email, College computer screens, alert beacons, and text to voice messages over fire alarm systems.

How to “Shelter–in-Place”

No matter where you are, the basic steps of shelter-in-place will generally remain the same. Should the need ever arise; follow these steps, unless instructed otherwise by local emergency personnel:

  • If you are inside, stay where you are. Collect any emergency shelter-in-place supplies and a telephone to be used in case of emergency. If you are outdoors, proceed into the closest building quickly or follow instructions from emergency personnel on the scene.
  • Locate a room to shelter inside. It should be:
    • An interior room
    • Above ground level; and
    • Without windows or with the least number of windows. If there is a large group of people inside a particular building, several rooms may be necessary.
  • Shut and lock all windows (tighter seal) and close exterior doors.
  • Turn off air conditioners, heaters, and fans.
  • Make a list of the people with you and ask someone (HRL Staff, faculty, or other staff) to call the list into Campus Safety so they know where you are sheltering. If only students are present, one of the students should call in the list.
  • Monitor the Omnilert notification system for further instructions.