Hazardous Materials Outside

In most cases, it is best to seek appropriate shelter unless directed otherwise. Getting stuck in grid lock while evacuating would increase danger of exposure.

Begin sheltering: these steps designed to protect you against potentially harmful gases:

  • Move inside a building immediately.
  • Close and lock all windows and doors.
  • Turn off ventilation systems. Facilities Services will shut down most HVAC systems as appropriate. Look for window units or report if ventilation appears to be on at your location by calling Facilities emergency number 946-7777.
  • If possible, enter an interior room and seal the room (doors, windows, and vents) with towels, plastic, or tape for further protection.
  • Monitor all forms of campus alerts and media for further instructions.
  • Be prepared to evacuate if directed by emergency personnel.

Emergency responders have trained and prepared for incidents involving chemical spills, and they will help you, but it will take time for them to arrive. You need to protect yourself for the first few minutes. Be alert and prepared.

If you have been instructed to shelter, do not decide to evacuate instead. Some areas of campus may get different instructions depending on the scope of the incident.

If you believe you may have been exposed to a hazardous chemical, or feel unusual, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Remove any clothing that may have been contaminated. Call 911 to report the symptoms and get guidance on the nearest medical facility appropriate for your treatment.

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