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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 a hazardous materials release. Chemical, biological, or radiological contaminants may be released accidentally or intentionally into the environment. If 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 properly shelter-in-place?
To shelter-in-place:

  • Close and lock all exterior 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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