Shelter in Place/Lock Down

  • Lockdown - Quickly secure all staff, students, and visitors in rooms away from immediate danger.
  • Lockout - Exterior doors are locked.  Used in a potentially dangerous situation outside of building.  "Lockout" is a term that may be used in combination with "lockdown."
  • Shelter in Place - Take immediate shelter where you are and isolate your inside environment from the outside environment.


Emergency: Call 9-1-1

When you receive the notice to seek shelter inside a building, or you decide to shelter due to a nearby outside danger (e.g. severe weather, outside environmental danger, or violent intruder):

  1. Seek shelter inside a building and remain there.
    • If possible, seek shelter in areas without hazards (e.g. chemicals, fume hoods, water tanks, loose material, etc.)
    • If possible, warn anyone outside the building to immediately enter
    • Determine if a threat of violence is present and the building/occupants should lock internal and access doors.
  1. If a weather incident, go to the lowest level of the building, stay in interior hallways, away from glass doors and windows.
  1. If an outside chemical or hazardous material causes the sheltering, move everyone to the 2nd or 3rd floors of the building.
    • Close exterior doors and windows
    • Shut down the building’s air handling system
  1. If a lock down situation:
    • If safe to do so, lock the exterior doors
    • Seek shelter inside a room that the door can be locked and barricaded
    • Lock the door and barricade it
    • Stay away from windows so no one can see you
    • Seek cover behind/under solid objects
    • Silence cell phones or other devices that make noise and could draw the intruder’s attention
  1. If safe to do so, contact the following and report your situation:
    • 9-1-1
    • [College/School/Department name]leadership
  1. Monitor TV or website news, if possible.
  1. Wait for official notice to resume normal activities.
    • By OSUAlert notification
    • By person in hallway announcing all clear (it is acceptable to ask for official identification prior to unlocking the door)
    • Telephonic notification from the University
    • University website
  1. Conduct accountability for personnel under your supervision.
  1. Be prepared to conduct immediate evacuation if told to do so.
  2. Report problems or concerns to [College/School/Department name] leadership.


  • Check in with [College/School/Department name] leadership to determine response status
  • Do not exit the building until allowed to do so


  • Store and handle flammable, combustible and other hazardous materials in accordance to OSU policies/procedures
  • Maintain a tidy, waste free work area
  • Conduct monthly room inspection of common areas to reduce fire hazards
  • Participate in a required annual evacuation drills
  • Identify staff/faculty responsibilities:
    • Building manager/floor monitor duties (Safety Manual Section 204
    • Faculty with students – ensure students under direct faculty supervision are evacuating
    • Employees required to stay behind and operate critical equipment prior to evacuating
  • Report problems with fire safety systems immediately to Facility Services 541-737-2969
  • Have a representative participate on the Building Manager’s Evacuation Committee to assist with planning and identifying areas of concern


  • Staff familiar with fire and life safety policies and responsibilities, to include use of portable fire extinguishers
  • Identify the closest two exits to your work location
  • Identify escape routes to the nearest exits
  • Identify where the fire alarm pull station and fire extinguishers are located
  • Know where the outside evacuation assembly point is for the building
  • Report to [College/School/Department name] Director any obstructions or limitations to the evacuation routes
  • Evacuation maps posted in each room