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Skidmore College
Emergency Preparedness

Shelter in Place

Shelter-in-place is appropriate for threats posed by atmospheric contamination or severe weather incidents. These threats could include accidents or attacks involving chemical, bio­logical or radiological hazards or extreme weather events such as tornadoes and severe thunderstorms.

Shelter-in-Place Procedures:

  • Close and lock all exterior windows and doors to prevent inadvertent opening.
  • Move all personnel to interior rooms for shelter-in-place.
  • Turn off all heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems if the hazard is identified as a chemical, biological or radiological release.


Lockdown is appropriate for threats posed from out­side or inside the building. These threats could include a violent or armed person attempting to enter the school, a per­petrator already inside or nearby criminal or terrorist activity.

Lockdown Procedures:

  • Direct persons to a position out of the line of sight of doors and windows.
  • Check outside of the classroom/office door (i.e., hallways) for nearby students and move them into classrooms or other safe locations
  • Close and lock all doors and windows.
  • Cover door window and close window blinds.
  • Turn off room/office lights and remain quiet.
  • People outside of buildings should move away from the school if possible or another appropriate, safe location.

Do not open the door until the threat is cleared by law enforcement or college officials.