Shelter in Place Procedures
Shelter-in-place is primarily used in a situation during inclement/severe weather or during specific outdoor hazardous materials releases.
In the event an incident requires individuals to shelter in place, faculty, students, staff, or department head/designee will prepare to shelter in-place. Shelter in Place may also be utilized during incidents involving hazardous materials which could produce toxic vapors and gases.
SHELTER IN PLACE GUIDE
Students/staff/faculty will remain in the buildings with windows/doors closed. (Ventilation systems may be shut off). Generally, the following applications should be followed:
1. Close windows and doors.
2. When directed, the Facilities Services Department will turn off ventilation, including furnaces, air conditioners, vents and fans.
3. Use whichever communication device you have available to keep abreast of updates regarding the hazard.
4. Stay away from windows, obstacles, and exterior doors.
5. Remain sheltered in place until the weather has improved or in the case of a hazardous materials incident it has been mitigated; in both cases UTEP Police and the Miner Alert System may be used to notify when it is safe to carry on normal activities.
6. WARNING: Extreme situations may require to shelter in place for lengthy periods of time.
WHEN THE ANNOUNCEMENT IS MADE: FACULTY AND STAFF RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Faculty and staff are to encourage people to remain indoors.
2. Close windows and doors to the shelter area.
3. Radios, PC’s, cell phones, and TV may be used to get information during the incident.
4. Encourage individuals to stay in the classroom or building.
5. Ensure disabled individuals are assisted in getting indoors. Stay away from doors and windows.
6. Remain sheltered in place until the weather has improved or in the case of a hazardous materials incident it has been mitigated; in both cases UTEP Police and the Miner Alert System may be used to notify when it is safe to carry on normal activities.
7. Wait for further instructions from First Responders or the Miner Alert Notification System.