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Higher ed Emergency Management Planning Higher Ed Emergency Management Planning

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Shelter-in-Place/Secure-in-Place Annex

Shelter-in-Place or Secure-in-Place Annex focuses on courses of action when students, faculty, and staff are required to remain indoors, potentially for an extended period of time, because it is safer inside a building or a room than outside. Depending on the threat or hazard, students, faculty, and staff may be required to move to rooms that can be sealed (such as in the event of a chemical or biological hazard) or are without windows, or to a weather shelter (such as in the event of a tornado).

The planning team should consider the following when developing its goals, objectives, and courses of action:

  • What supplies will be needed to seal the room and to provide for the needs of students, faculty, and staff (e.g., water)
  • How a shelter-in-place can affect individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs who require durable medical equipment and personal assistance services
  • How to move individuals when the primary route is unusable
  • How to locate and shelter all students, faculty, staff, and visitors
  • Consider the need for and integration of “safe rooms” for protection against extreme wind hazards (such as a tornado or hurricane) in order to provide immediate life-safety protection when evacuation is not an option
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