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Shelter in Place Information

Your safety is our first priority. Thank you for familiarizing yourself with this important emergency information.

Fall 2018 Drill

In an effort to better ensure that members of the campus community are familiar with steps to take during a crisis, the College will once again conduct a Shelter in Place Drill on Thursday, September 20 at 9:45 a.m.

This semester, the Shelter in Place Drill will also incorporate a crisis simulation scenario, for our campus officials and community first responders to practice the response for a simulated bomb threat at Merritt Hall. During the drill, we will take steps to isolate this building and sweep it for explosives or suspicious devices, just as officials would during a real-life situation.

During the Drill

  • Faculty can place a “Door Secured” sign on or near your office/classroom door, indicating that you’ve received the Rave Alert message, signaling the beginning of the drill.
  • As appropriate, you are welcome to lead a discussion on how your classroom space could be secured if needed. If the room cannot be secured, please discuss where the nearest secure locations might be.
  • If you are not in an enclosed space (room/building), please find one and stay there for the duration of the drill.
  • If you are in the vicinity of Merritt Hall, you may be asked to evacuate or stay clear of the containment area, as part of the crisis response simulation. First responders and campus officials will provide instructions for people in these areas during the drill. 

Students, faculty and staff are highly encouraged to log in to Potsdam Rave Alert to update their contact information in advance of this drill:


Shelter in Place

Shelter in Place directives may be issued for different types of crises, including:

  • Hazardous materials or chemical leaks
  • Extreme weather
  • Fires
  • Bomb threats

Simply stated, "sheltering in place" means that you:

  • Assess your surroundings
  • Secure the area as best as you can
  • Stay put, until the lockdown is lifted
  • Follow directions from first responders or campus officials (i.e., via Rave Alert messages)


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