"Shelter in place" is a generic term meaning stay in a safe place. If you are outside, go into the closest building to avoid possible danger.
Although the basic concept of sheltering in place remains the same, there are small differences in the specific actions to be taken for different types of emergencies. Every emergency is different, so it is best to use your judgment and intuition based on the information that is provided and your current circumstances and location.
Emory has identified areas of safe refuge for tornado protection on Emory's main campus as well as Oxford and Grady campuses.
In the event of severe weather locate the closest Severe Weather Safe Refuge designated area by following the building evacuation map or Emory's interactive map. General guidance typically is to move to the lowest level of a building, unless flooding is evident, in an interior room or hallway, away from windows.
In the event of a chemical accident that may be occurring outdoors, remain inside and move to the highest level of the building. Close all doors and windows. Avoid using the elevator.
It is recommended that you move to a safe area that can be secured or evacuate from the building/area immediately. Personal judgment will be needed to determine which option is most prudent for each situation.
While sheltering in place you can stay informed by checking text message updates, Emory email, tuning to your local television or radio, or by visiting the Emory website.
Emory will use components of the Emergency Notification System to inform the community when the situation has been resolved.
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