Shelter in place (or place of refuge) refers to a designated area of safety when it is not safe to go outside, such as an interior room with no or few windows, and taking refuge in that location. If you are told to shelter in place, follow the instructions provided. Different situations require different locations.

You may be required to shelter in place for events such as an Active Threat (for example, an active shooter incident), Tornado Warning, Hazardous Materials release and as directed by police personnel. When notified, you should seek immediate shelter inside a building or residence hall. If you are “sheltering” due to a hazardous materials (HAZMAT) accidental release of toxic chemicals, the air quality may be threatened and sheltering in place keeps you inside an area offering more protection.

You must immediately seek shelter in the nearest facility or building (preferably in a room with no windows) when:

  1. You hear the Outdoor All Hazards Emergency Warning Sirens.
  2. When directed by other Purdue ALERT emergency warning notification layers.
  3. When directed by police or fire department personnel.

Try and obtain additional clarifying information by all possible means (e.g. Purdue Campus Emergency Status Webpage, TV, radio, email, etc.)

  1. It would be useful to have a cell phone, hard-wired telephone, or computer system in the shelter location to assist in obtaining additional information as well as being able to report any life-threatening conditions.

Follow the shelter in place procedures in the Active Threat, Tornado Warning, or Hazardous Materials release located in this document, as applicable.