In some instances (e.g. , smoke or fire is immediately outside your room, or there is a hazard outside), it may be safer to “shelter-in-place” than it is to evacuate. Shelter-in-place procedures vary depending on the type of hazard. Below are several emergencies for which you may need to shelter-in-place.
Fire or Smoke and You Cannot Evacuate:
- If safe to do so, go to the nearest stairwell
- Inform someone who is evacuating to notify emergency personnel that you are unable to evacuate
- Call 617-253-1212 (x100 from a campus phone) and tell the dispatcher your name, your location, that you are unable to evacuate, and why you are unable to evacuate the building.
- Follow instructions given by the dispatcher.
- See “FIRE, EXPLOSION AND SMOKE” page for additional information.
Airborne Chemical Hazard:
- Close all outside doors and windows.
- If safe to do so, turn off A/C and air handling systems.
- Move away from outside windows and doors, as well as air ducts and ventilation systems.
- If the hazard is an internal hazardous spill, see “HAZARDOUS MATERIALS” page for additional information.
Active Shooter / Violent Intruder:
- Lock and barricade doors.
- Move away from outside doors and windows.
- Close window shades and turn off lights.
- Only call MIT Police at 617-253-1212 (x100 from a campus phone) if you have information about the active shooter/violent intruder.
- See “ACTIVE SHOOTER/VIOLENT INTRUDER” page
- for additional information.
Severe Weather Incident:
- Move away from outside windows and doors, as well as large glass objects.
- Avoid being underneath heavier objects that may fall.
- Help direct people with special needs to a safe place, if necessary.
- See “SEVERE WEATHER” page for additional information.