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Staying Safe on Campus

East Tennessee State University


What does it mean to Shelter-in-Place?*

You may be instructed to shelter-in-place in the event of an active shooter, tornado, or hazardous materials release. Shelter in place iconIf this occurs, students, faculty, staff, and visitors will be advised to shelter-in-place via GoldAlert. It means to choose a small, interior room, with no or few windows, and taking shelter there.

How do I shelter-in-place?

To shelter-in-place:

  • Close and lock doors and windows
  • Ask all students, personnel and visitors to stay for their safety.
  • Turn off fans, air conditioning, and heating systems
  • Choose an above-ground, interior room with no or few windows
  • Use duct tape or plastic sheeting to seal door cracks and vents into the room
  • Turn on a television or radio to keep up-to-date on emergency notifications
  • You will be notified via outdoor siren and GoldAlert when it is safe to evacuate
  • Do not leave before receiving instruction from emergency personnel



  • Make a Plan

  • Build a Kit

  • Have at least three days of supplies to sustain yourself. Recommended items**:
    • Water (one gallon per person per day)
    • Non-perishable food
    • Flashlight & extra batteries
    • First aid kit
    • Radio & extra batteries
    • Medications & items for unique needs
    • Cash & some change
    • Clothes & comfortable shoes
    • Important documents
    • Filter mask or cotton t-shirt
    • Moist towelettes, garbage bags & plastic ties
    • Plastic sheeting & duct tape
    • Whistle
    • Mobile device charger

Stay Informed

Contact your family and friends to let them know you are safe.


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