The term, “Secure/Shelter-In Place,” means to seek immediate shelter and remain there during an emergency rather than evacuate the area. It is always preferred to evacuate. “Secure/Shelter-in-Place” should generally be used when an evacuation is not safe or it is unclear if an evacuation is safe.
Remember, once this action has been initiated, it has already been determined that it is safer to remain in place and not leave your building or the campus.
Once you are notified to “Secure/Shelter-in-Place,” you should, when safety allows, take the following actions:
REMAIN CALM AT ALL TIMES AND FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND/OR UNIFORMED EMERGENCY RESPONDERS.
- When safety allows take appropriate steps to secure the room you are located by:
- turning off lights
- closing windows, blinds and shades
- moving away from doors and windows
- when available securing doors by either lock or when a door opens in, securing by blocking the door with furniture.
Once these steps have been taken notify Public Safety at 631-548-3636
- 631-548-2500 x3, give them your location and how many occupants are in your room. When possible, try to keep a list of names of all persons at your location.
- Keep 911 or public safety informed of any activity in your building, loud noises, yelling, shots fired, etc.
- Remain in place until you are contacted by either public safety and/or the police.
- DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR TO YOUR ROOM FOR ANYONE. Public Safety, police or other college officials will have keys to enter your room.
- DO NOT LEAVE UNTIL YOU ARE GIVEN AN ALL CLEAR BY A UNIFORMED OFFICER OR COLLEGE OFFICIAL!
- The most important step you can take is to remain calm. Once this process has been initiated, the Southampton Police and Riverhead Police as well as college public safety and other agencies will take the necessary steps to ensure you are safe.