Get Inside, Stay Inside, Stay Tuned!
Shelter-In-Place means selecting a small, interior room (when possible) with no or few windows for taking refuge there. Shelter-In-Place is a precaution intended to keep you safe while remaining indoors. When evacuation is not possible, Shelter-In-Place be activated in the event of a warning from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) of a severe weather event or an environmental release of chemical, biological, or radiological contaminants (such as a ballistic missile attack).
How to Shelter-In-Place:
- Stop classes or work, or close business operations.
- Move towards the center of a concrete building and away from windows.
- If there are any students, customers, clients, or visitors in the building, provide for their safety by asking them to stay and not leave. When authorities provide directions to shelter-in-place, they want everyone to take those steps immediately, where they are, and not drive or walk outdoors.
- Unless there is an imminent threat, ask students, faculty, staff, customers, clients, and visitors to call their emergency contact to let them know where they are and that they are safe.
- Close and lock all windows, exterior doors, and any other openings to the outside.
- If you are told there is a danger of explosion, close the window shades, blinds, or curtains.
- Bring everyone into the room(s). Shut and lock the door(s) if possible.
- Wait in the safest location possible until you are given the “all-clear” or told to evacuate. University and local officials may call for an evacuation in specific areas at greatest risk in our community.
- After impact, and only when/if feasible, apply plastic sheeting, wet cloths, and duct tape to cover doors and windows.