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, it is usually safer to stay indoors. Thus, to “shelter-in-place” means to make a shelter of the building that you are in, and with a few adjustments, this location can be made even safer and more comfortable until it is safe to go outside.

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 LVC officials or emergency personnel.

  1. If your environment is stable, stay where you are indoors. If you are outdoors, proceed into the nearest building quickly or follow instructions from campus officials or emergency personnel on the scene.
  2. Locate a room to shelter inside. It should be:
    1. An interior room above ground level; and
    2. Without windows or with the least number of windows.
  3. Shut and lock all windows (tighter seal) and close exterior doors.
  4. Turn off air conditioners, heaters, and fans.
  5. Close vents to ventilation systems as able. (LVC staff will turn off ventilation as quickly as possible)
  6. Make a list of the people with you and ask someone to call it into the Office of Campus Safety (717-867-6111) so they know where you are sheltering.
  7. Monitor updates on www.lvc.edu, LVC social media outlets, signage, and Omnilert Alerts.