Shelter in Place/Lock Down


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.

2.  In a weather event, go to the lowest level of the building, stay in interior hallways, away from glass doors, windows, and objects that could fall.

3.  If an outside chemical or hazardous material causes a need for sheltering, go to the highest floors of the building.

  • Close exterior doors and windows
  • Shut down the building’s air handling system

4.  In a lock down situation:

  • If safe to do so, lock the exterior doors
  • Seek shelter inside a room with a locking door and barricade yourself in
  • 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

5.  If safe to do so, contact the following and report your situation:

  • 9-1-1
  • OSU-Cascades Campus Safety at 541-322-3110
  • or other leadership

6.  Monitor TV or website news, if possible.

7.  Wait for official notice to resume normal activities from:

  • OSUAlert notification
  • COCC emergency alert
  • University or law enforcement official 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

8.  Conduct accountability for personnel under your supervision.

9.  Be prepared to conduct immediate evacuation if told to do so.

10.  Report problems or concerns to Campus Safety.


  • Check in with OSU-Cascades leadership to determine response status
  • Do not exit the building until advised to do so by a university or law enforcement official