Seek Shelter/Stay in Place
Seek Shelter/Stay in Place is the first phase of building security. It will be initiated very early on in an emergency, once it has been determined that an emergency exists or there is a reasonable probability that a life-threatening emergency exists. Members of the Duquesne community that may be affected by the emergency will be notified.
Generally, a notification will be initiated by the Outside Warning System immediately, followed by a DU Alert. At this early phase, the Campus Police will alert individuals of potential danger. The individuals must rely upon their own common sense to evaluate their surroundings and circumstances and remove themselves from any danger they can immediately recognize by moving to an area of safety. When it is determined by the Campus Police that the building is safe, an “All Clear” DU Alert message will be sent.
Evacuation is the phase of building security which involves the mandatory exiting and removal of all persons that are non-essential to rectifying or mitigating an emergency, from a building. A DU Alert message will be issued when a building has been evacuated for any emergency, other than a fire or fire alarm. When it is determined by the Campus Police that the building and the area is safe, an “All Clear” DU Alert message will be sent and the building will be reopened based on normal hours.