Instructions for sheltering in place

McLaughlin Hall Emergency Plan

In some cases, it may be safer to “shelter-in-place” than to evacuate. If a shelter-in-place order is given, building occupants should follow the following procedures:

Choose a room

  • Small, interior room, with no or few windows
  • Exterior doors and windows close completely and can be locked
  • A hard-wired telephone is ideal

Secure the room

  • Lock all available doors
  • Turn off all fans, heating and air conditioning systems.
  • Block vents and openings with tape, plastic bags or clothing. Create a barrier between occupants and any hazardous contaminate.
  • Don’t inhale fumes; cover mouth with mask or cloth

Gather information

  • Listen to KALX 90.7 FM for updates on the situation and the 'all-clear' message
  • Listen and watch for air quality reports
  • Be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice

What to do when you hear campus warning sirens

The campus emergency sirens are used to alert you to shelter indoors. Sirens are tested at noon on the first Wednesday of each month. If the sirens are heard at any other time:

SHELTER: Stay or go inside an office, a nearby building, or car.
SHUT: Shut doors and windows. Building ventilation systems should be shut off if possible.
LISTEN: Listen to KALX 90.7 FM, visit or call (800) 705-9998 for updates.