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Shelter in Place

Shelter in place is a short-term measure implemented to isolate sutdents and staff from the outdoor environment and prevent exposure to airborne contaminants. The procedures include closing and sealing doors, windows, and vents; shutting down the classroom/buildign heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems to prevent exposure to the outside air; and turning off pilot lights.

This response is considered appropriate for, but is not limited to, the following types of emergencies:
  • External Chemical Release
  • Dirty Bomb
  • Hazardous Material Spills
During a Shelter-in-Place response, the HVAC systems must be shut down to provide protection from outside air. Students and staff may freely move about inside the buildings, but no one should leave the room until directed by fire officials, law enforcement, or site administration.

Shelter in Place:
  • Requires that all heating, air conditioning, and ventilation systems be shut down immediately
  • Requires that all pilot lights and sources of flame be extinguished
  • Requires that any gaps around doors and windows be sealed
  • Allows for free movement within classrooms or offices
More information on SHELTER IN PLACE procedures.