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FAU Emergency Management Logo Sheltering in Place

“Shelter in place” is a directive to seek immediate shelter indoors following the announcement of an emergency condition. Sheltering can be related to a variety of situations, including: severe weather emergencies, hazardous condition, chemical release, or criminal activity.  When it is necessary to shelter-in-place, you will be safest by moving inside to a building space that protects you from the danger. DO NOT lock doors behind you as others may also need to shelter-in-place.

Shelter-in-Place — Severe Weather   Shelter in Place Tornado

   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.

Shelter-in-Place — 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.

Shelter-in-Place — Hostile Intruder / Active Shooter

See Active Shooter procedures by clicking here.

 Last Modified 9/20/21