Shelter in Place/Building Lockdown

Shelter in Place

Some emergencies may require that CPCC students, faculty, staff, and visitors shelter inside the building. Incidents such as a hazardous material release or a violent intruder are examples when it may be safer to Shelter in Place. Information concerning the event will be distributed through College Security/Police Services and other emergency communication methods such as the Critical Alert Emergency Notification System.

Law enforcement agencies may use the term “Lockdown” when directing occupants to Shelter in Place.

When directed to Shelter in Place, the following actions should be taken:

Severe Weather Shelter in Place

  • All students, faculty, staff, and visitors should move into or stay inside the closest permanent campus building.
  • Move to the lowest level of the building, basements are safest.
  • Move to the interior most area of the building (interior hallways and rooms).
  • Crouch as low as possible to the floor, facing down; and cover your head with your hands
  • Stay away from exterior walls, windows, skylights, other areas containing glass.
  • Stay out of areas with a large roof expanse (auditoriums, gymnasiums).
  • Remain in place until notified by College Security/Police Services or emergency response personnel that the incident has been cleared.
  • All students, faculty, staff, and visitors should move into or stay in the building where they are, if they cannot evacuate the area safely.
  • Close and move away from all windows and doors.
  • Lock and/or barricade doors with heavy objects if possible.
  • Silence your cell phone
  • Turn off any source of noise (i.e., radios, televisions)
  • Seek cover behind large items (i.e., cabinets, desks)
  • Remain in place until notified by College Security/Police Services or emergency response personnel that the incident has been cleared.

Violent Behavior Shelter in Place

  • All students, faculty, staff, and visitors should move into or stay in the building where they are, if they cannot evacuate the area safely.
  • Close and move away from all windows and doors.
  • Lock and/or barricade doors with heavy objects if possible.
  • Silence your cell phone
  • Turn off any source of noise (i.e., radios, televisions)
  • Seek cover behind large items (i.e., cabinets, desks)
  • Remain in place until notified by College Security/Police Services or emergency response personnel that the incident has been cleared.

*Security personnel will secure exterior doors.