Shelter-in-place indicates the following:
- Seek immediate shelter indoors
- Move away from exterior windows
- Remain there for the duration of the emergency
Usually we seek shelter because environmental conditions outside are unsafe, typically a severe weather event or hazardous materials release.
Preparedness: In case of an unexpected Shelter-in-Place scenario, be sure you always have extra medication, water, some food, and a phone charger with you at all times.
If you are INSIDE the building:
Stay inside your building, or immediately go into the nearest building.
Move to interior rooms with no windows. Rooms that have little or no outside ventilation are preferred.
Close any open windows and doors, as necessary
Await further instruction. Be prepared to quickly follow directions from responders or from TUalert.
Do not evacuate the building until an "All Clear" is given by emergency personnel or by TUalert.
TUsiren: You will be told to shelter-in-place usually because hazardous materials have been accidentally or intentionally released into the environment. If you hear the outside warning siren (TUsiren), the message is to "Go Indoors" immediately. In the event that the TUsiren is activated, a TUalert will be sent and the Temple website will be updated with more information.
*If you cannot hear the TUsiren from indoors, do not worry! The siren acts as an outdoor fire alarm telling people to seek shelter. The walls of most buildings will block the sound, ensuring that building occupants do not confuse it with evacuation protocol.