Shelter-in-Place Emergency Event Instructions

Posted: Jan 4, 2021 12:30 AM   |  Updated: Oct 4, 2022 9:57 AM

In the event of a natural hazard, such as severe weather, including a tornado, flooding or snowstorm, you may be instructed to take shelter in a NAIT building.

In the event of an instructed shelter-in-place:

  • Take shelter indoors (e.g. interior floor room, closet or hallway)
  • Close doors and windows
  • Stay away from exterior walls and windows
    • During a tornado, move to the lowest level of the building or to a closet, bathroom or under a staircase. At the very least, get under a sturdy piece of furniture. If shelter is unavailable or there is no time to get indoors, lie in a ditch or low-lying area or crouch near a strong building.
  • Stay close to the ground and protect your head from flying objects
  • If there is a hazardous material release nearby, close or block ventilation fans and heating/air-conditioning system vents to prevent contaminated outside air from entering the area
  • Remain sheltered until emergency services gives the "all clear"

What not to do

  • Do not exit the building during the shelter-in-place and ensure you wait for the “all clear” from emergency services or through the NAIT Alert app
  • Do not take the elevator
  • Do not change your route to a classroom or office to grab personal items. When you hear the shelter-in-place order, ensure you make your way to the nearest classroom/shelter as quickly as possible.
  • Avoid large rooms, if possible

Our emergency warden program trains all NAIT staff how to evacuate which is an essential part of NAIT’s emergency response. Follow any NAIT staff member’s directions, as they are knowledgeable and are trained to guide the NAIT community to safety.

If you hear or witness any kind of activity that may be a risk to the NAIT community, call NAIT Protective Services at 780.471.7477.