“Shelter in Place.” What does it mean?

During news coverage of the recent suspect hunt connected to the Boston Marathon bombings, you might have heard the phrase, “shelter in place.” The term was used to tell students at MIT and residents in the Boston area Shelter in Placeto stay indoors where they were until they received further instructions from law enforcement officials.

“Shelter in place” often is used interchangeably with or instead of “lockdown.”

CPCC’s emergency response plans and guidebook also uses the phrase “shelter in place.” This instruction could be given to the college community in a number of emergency situations, including severe weather, an armed person on campus or an active shooter on or near campus.

If CPCC College Security instructs the college community to shelter in place, here’s what you should do, according to CPCC’s Emergency Response Guidebook.

Shelter in Place

When directed to shelter in place, the following actions should be taken:

  • All students, faculty, staff and visitors should move into or stay inside the closest permanent campus building.
  • Close and move away from all windows and doors.
  • Lock or barricade doors if possible.
  • Approved Shelter in Place areas are marked on the Fire Exit Plans posted on each floor.
  • Remain in place until notified by College Security, the Building Captain, or emergency response personnel that the incident has been cleared.
  • Information concerning the event will be distributed through College Security, Building Captains, and other emergency communication methods such as the Critical Alert Emergency Notification System.

Note:  Security personnel will secure exterior doors. Law enforcement agencies may use the term “lockdown” when directing occupants to shelter in place.

 

Considering Careers in Social Media, Marketing, Internet, or Communications?

Social Media @ CPCC

Social Media @ CPCC

Students, are you considering a future career in Internet communications, new media, social media, journalism or marketing? If so, Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) may have a great volunteer or internship opportunity for you!

CPCC’s Community Relations and Marketing Services (CRMS) area is currently forming a team of student collaborators to develop its online and social media presence. We are seeking creative and energetic candidates to assist in creating engaging content, developing interactive media and building online communities. This is a great opportunity for you to gain hands-on experience and insights within your career track of choice.

This is an unpaid volunteer learning experience offered to a limited number of qualified career-seeking college students. Candidates from Charlotte area colleges and universities will be considered. Through CPCC’s Co-Operative Education program, some CPCC students may also be eligible for college credit.

For more information or to apply for this opportunity, email socialmedia@cpcc.edu. Applicants please include your full name, contact information and a resume.