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Shelter In Place

Shelter-in-Place means to seek immediate shelter and remain there during an emergency rather than evacuate the area. It is always preferred to evacuate. Shelter-in-Place should only be used when an evacuation is not safe.

Certain events may necessitate the initiation of the College’s Shelter-in-Place protocol. The decision to Shelter-in-Place will be made by the President or his designee. Once the decision has been made, the Director of Real Estate Operations will instruct the campus community to Shelter-in-Place.  This notification will be made using the CBS Watchman Alert System.

Shelter-in-Place procedures are outlined under each emergency where appropriate.  General Shelter-in-Place procedures are as follows:

Upon receiving notification to Shelter-in-Place:

• Stay in your office/classroom.

• Notify those around you, and encourage others to remain in your office/classroom rather than to try to leave the building.

• Lock the doors, cover the door window, close the blinds, turn off the lights and stay calm.

• Stay away from the windows.

• Check your phone messages, email or the College website.  If a TV is available, turn it on, turn the volume off.

• Report any suspicious activity, sounds or smells to the Director of Operations or 911 

• Only come out when you recognize the authority directing you to do so.