Decoding the Message

In the few minutes after an event verified information may be sparse.  In order to inform the community as quickly as possible, the alerts may be generalized and brief.  You may receive one or two typical instructions during an emergency: "evacuate" or "shelter-in-place."  It’s recommended to become familiar with these terms.


Evacuate simply means you need to exit the building or relocate off campus.  Know the evacuation route for your residence and classroom building (e.g. during a fire).  


Shelter-in-Place is a generic term meaning stay in a safe place, or if you are outside, go into the closest building to avoid possible danger.  Although the basic concept of shelter-in-place remains the same, there are small differences in the specific actions to be taken for different types of emergencies (e.g. tornado, outdoor hazmat, civil disturbance or ongoing police action).