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Shelter in Place

If an incident involves severe weather, an outdoor hazardous material release, or other outdoor hazard, you should remain inside or take shelter in the closest campus building.

  1. If outside, seek shelter in the nearest building, preferably in an interior room with few windows.
  2. Allow access to others seeking shelter.  Allowing others into the building will not jeopardize your safety.
  3. Shut and lock all windows (locking will form a tighter seal) and close exterior doors.
  4. Avoid overcrowding by selecting several rooms if necessary.
  5. Turn on a radio or television and listen for further instructions. Make yourself as comfortable as possible; prepare for the possibility of an extended stay.
  6. Check for AlertVU updates.
  7. Look after each other. You will be notified when it is safe to come out.

What to do for an outdoor hazardous materials release:

  1. Choose a room above ground level.
  2. Turn off air conditioners, heaters, and fans if possible.
  3. Close vents to the ventilation system as you are able.
  4. Follow Instructions for shelter in place listed above.
  5. Check for AlertVU updates.

To call the Vanderbilt University Police Department in an emergency:

  • Dial 911 from any campus phone.
  • Dial (615) 421-1911 from any other phone.