Shelter-In-Place means to seek immediate shelter and remain there during an emergency rather than evacuate the area.  Shelter-In-Place will only be used when an evacuation is not safe.  Certain events may necessitate the initiation of SUNY Plattsburgh’s Shelter-in-Place Protocol, which can be found below.  Notification to shelter will be made using all means of communication available by authorized personnel (i.e. University Police, SUNY NY Alert, Residence Life staff, etc.).  All occupants should seek shelter or remain inside their building until an all clear has been given by authorized personnel.

Shelter-in-place situations 

Hazardous incident
  • Move to a room with no windows that can open or are open.
  • Rooms that have little or no outside ventilation are preferred.
  • Close any open windows and doors.
  • Only come out when you are told that it is safe.
Violent person
  • Stay in your room/office/classroom.
  • Notify those around you, and encourage others to remain in the building rather than to try to leave.
  • Lock doors, cover the window, pull down the blinds, turn off the lights and stay calm.
  • Stay away from windows.
  • Move to the basement of the building, this usually provide the best protection.
  • Move to an interior room with no windows, or a hallway on the lowest floor possible.
  • Move to an interior stairwell if all rooms have windows.
  • Stay in the center of the room away from doors and windows.
  • Stay in place until the danger has passed.


Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

Michael Caraballo
Emergency Management Director
Phone: (518) 564-4950
Fax: (518) 564-7986