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Shelter in Place

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Environmental Hazards (Train Derailment or Other Chemical Release Occurring Outdoors)

Chemical, biological, or radiological contaminants may be released accidentally or intentionally into the outdoor environment.  The important thing is for you to follow instructions of University authorities and know what to do if they advise you to shelter-in-place.  "Shelter-in-Place" means to make a shelter out of the indoor place you are currently located or to seek a safe indoor place if you are outside.


Follow these guidelines to Shelter-in-Place:

  • If outside, seek shelter in the nearest secure building
  • Stop classes or work, close business operations
  • Allow people outside to enter
  • If there are others in the building, provide for their safety by asking them to stay-not leave
  • After the initial emergency campus communication information has been conveyed (first half hour), students, staff, and visitors may wish to contact relatives to let them know the situation
  • Close and lock all windows, exterior doors, and any other openings to the outside 
  • Shut down ventilation fans and air conditioners if possible
  • If you are told there is danger of explosion, close the window shades, blinds or curtains
  • Select interior room(s) above the ground floor, with the fewest windows or vents.  Avoid overcrowding by selecting several rooms if necessary
  • Bring everyone into the room(s) and shut and, if possible lock the door(s)


Keep listening to the radio, television or check the ECU ALERT homepage until you are told all is safe or you are told to evacuate.  University and local officials may call for evacuation in specific areas at greatest risk in your community.

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