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Hazardous Materials Release

Appropriate actions during a hazardous materials release will be dependent on the material, amount released, and location. You may need to evacuate a building for a chemical spill inside, or shelter-in-place if the release is outside or away from your location.

If you receive an emergency message instructing you to shelter-in-place, you should do the following:

  • Follow all instructions. The nature of the emergency may not be known immediately.
  • Shut any open doors and windows.
  • If possible, turn off the HVAC system. (Do not attempt to shut off the HVAC in campus buildings unless trained and authorized to do so.
  • Do not go outside the building until you are told it is safe to do so.
  • Ask those inside to remain inside and not open any door to leave.
  • An "all clear" message will be sent once the danger is gone.

Natural Gas Leak
If you smell natural gas or have reason to believe there is a natural gas leak in the building:

  • DIAL 911.  Request that the Auburn dispatcher send assistance from the fire department.
  • Evacuate the building, closing doors as you leave.
  • Do not re-enter until told it is safe to do so by emergency responders or administrators.


Last Updated: Mar. 18, 2015

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