Shelter In Place
Contrary to the natural instinct to flee from danger, staying where you are may provide the safest alternative
Shelter-in-place is a simple and effective strategy of self-protection using the barriers and isolation provided by a building.
- Get into, or stay, inside a building if possible, go to an interior room with no exterior openings
- Secure the building secure the interior room
- Wait until the threat has ended and authorities give an all clear
- Shelter-in-place can be effectively used during:
Active shooter incidents;
Chemical, biological, radiological, and hazardous material emergencies;
Severe winter storm;
Emergencies of an unknown nature: Armed hostage or barricaded person Robbery in-progress Riot or other violent confrontation Active shooter Explosive device Other unanticipated threat.
Additional Information on shelter-in-place is available on The American Red Cross website