Shelter-in-place is an emergency procedure intended to secure and protect building occupants who are in the proximity of an immediate environmental threat. This procedure is activated by university officials based on the recommendation from local authorities when it may be more dangerous to evacuate a building then to stay inside.  It is essential for the safety of occupants and emergency responders that individuals comply with instructions at all times

What might trigger a Shelter-in-place procedure

  • A significant impact to air quality due to the accidental release of chemical, biological or hazardous agents
  • Severe weather (snow, wind, lightening) that impacts roadways due to high levels of debris and downed powerlines
  • A major earthquake that causes unsafe evacuation conditions

What to do during a shelter-in-place

Depending on the nature of the hazard, you may be advised to

  • Seek shelter indoors away from the environmental hazard  
  • Avoid overcrowding by using several rooms if necessary
  • Close exterior doors and windows
  • Close internal doors but do not lock
  • Remain inside until advised by university officials
  • Keep calm and alert
  • Keep phones on and monitor and KPU Safe for updates
  • Minimize noise and do not make unnecessary calls. Unless instructed otherwise, you may call your emergency contact to advise them of your condition
  • Be cautious of unusual sounds and smells