Know what to do when you hear a siren or an alarm. When an alarm sounds inside (e.g., fire alarm), go outside. When an alarm sounds outside, go into the closest facility/building immediately and seek shelter in a safe location (Shelter-In-Place).
It is important to know that different emergencies require different actions within a building during a Shelter-In-Place alarm. You can obtain information regarding the type of emergency by Purdue text alert, on the Purdue Emergency page, from the Twitter account (@purdueemergency), Purdue email alert, television, etc.
Some points to remember:
Tornado: Go to the lowest floor of the building, away from windows and doors.
Release of hazardous materials: Go to higher floors of the building with few or no windows or vents. Close all windows and doors. Do not use elevators.
Active Shooter in the Building: Escape the building if this can be done safely. If escape is not possible, seek a secure place in which to hide, preferably behind a locked door. Note that this location may not necessarily be your office. Try not to restrict your options for movement. If a class is underway when news is received of a shooter nearby and escape is not possible, faculty should lock or barricade classroom doors. Situational awareness is important when considering what action to take. The Get Ready, Get Set, Go poster linked to the Emergency Preparedness Web Site emphasizes that faculty, staff and students should adjust their actions based on the situation.
Think about where you generally spend your time on campus and develop individual emergency plans for these locations so you know where to go in the event of an emergency.
While we cannot force students to shelter in place, we should strongly encourage them to do so.
Because people are to go inside buildings during a Shelter-In-Place emergency, outside doors of buildings should NOT be locked.