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Shelter Drill Information

On Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 California State University Long Beach will be conducting a campus wide Shelter-in-Place Drill. This will be a discussion based drill and no evacuation or barricading will take place. Please download the document found on this page to facilitate the discussion during the drill. Your sincere efforts help prepare our community to be ready for future incidents is of the utmost importance. The information on this page will help you understand what Shelter In Place means, what to expect the day of the drill and, most importantly, what to do in the event the order is given.

It is critical to understand that not every scenario or situation can be covered. It is impossible to know the best course of action during these types of dynamic and evolving events. This drill is meant to educate our community on some of the principles of a Shelter-in-Place order.

The Shelter-in-Place Drill

The following section describes what to expect the day of the drill and the action steps to take once it begins.

Date and Time

  • Wednesday, September 21st, 2016
  • 10:00am – 10:20am

Drill Document

Download the drill document to facilitate the discussion during the drill.

Overview of Drill

This drill is a DISCUSSION based drill only.

At approximately 10:00am a BeachALERT Emergency Notification Message will go out announcing the start of the drill.

Between 10:00am and 10:20am there will be time to discuss Shelter-in-Place procedures and review three scenarios on the attached document. Faculty are expected to review it with their students and managers with their staff. Students not in class should review the document during the drill

There will be NO EVACUATION during this drill. Please DO NOT LOCK DOORS or BARRICADE DOORS during the drill.


If you have any questions, comments, or feedback about this drill please contact the campus Emergency Manager at

General Guidelines

Severe Weather & Hazardous Materials

In the event of conditions that make being outside hazardous and potentially life threatening, take the following actions if a Shelter-in-Place order is given for a Severe Weather or Hazardous Materials incident:

  • HAZARDOUS MATERIAL RELEASE from fires, explosions or chemical spills, or SEVERE WEATHER CONDITION, such as a lightning storm, large hail or tornado:
  • Go immediately indoors and close all windows and doors.
  • For soot/ash from local fires and chemical spills, close off all air from under doors, or wherever air could seep into the room.
  • For tornadoes, seek shelter in the lowest, most inner part of the building.
  • For floods, move to upper floors.
  • Do not leave your shelter until directed so by authorized personnel.

Threat of Violence (civil unrest, large protest, active shooter(s))

The nature of the threat and your proximity to the event may change your best course of action. Please use the following instructions as a guide on what to do

The details of the threat will dictate the best response. YOU must determine if the best course of action is to run, to hide, or to fight.

  • If the threat is NEAR YOU and YOU CAN ESCAPE:
    • MOVE AWAY from it, do so as quickly as possible. RUN, if possible.
  • If the threat is near you and YOU CANNOT ESCAPE you should HIDE:
    • Find a secure room and LOCK THE DOOR (if able):
    • Put any big object(s) in front of the door to prevent entry.
    • Turn off the lights and silence all electronic devices
    • Hide behind furniture and be a quiet as possible.
    • Wait for University Police to release you from your position or an All Clear
  • If you CANNOT ESCAPE nor HIDE:
    • HIDE, as best you can, but be prepared to disarm the threat:
    • Work in teams if others are with you.
    • Set a table up on its side by the door to block a clear view of the room from the door.
    • Set a chair or desk by the door to slow the approach and help trip the attacker, then darken the room as much as possible.
    • Other persons in the room should stay away from the entrance "line of sight" to avoid gunfire.
    • Do everything you can to survive until University Police respond.
    • When Police enter the room, follow their instructions carefully.
  • If the threat is NOT NEAR YOU:
    • The safest place may be to stay where you are and consider Sheltering-in-Place.
    • Be aware that the threat may quickly move to your location and ESCAPE may be necessary.
    • Wait for the All Clear before resuming normal activity.

What is Shelter-in-Place?

A Shelter-in-Place order, as its name suggests, requires everyone to stay put inside a building. The order is given when officials have determined that conditions are present that may cause harm to those either outside or in open areas and that seeking safe shelter is recommended. The nature of the threat and your proximity to the event may change your best course of action. Shelter in place means to take shelter in the place you are located. You may be asked to shelter in place if the following events occur:

  • Severe Weather
  • Hazardous Material Release (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear)
  • Threat of Violence (civil unrest, large protest, active shooter(s))

The appropriate response depends upon the nature of the threat.


You will be notified of a Shelter-in-Place order via our BeachALERT Emergency Notification System. The nature of the event will be given along with the Shelter-in-Place order. It is important that your information is up to date in order to receive the message. Please go to to update your contact information. If visitors or others around you are unaware of the message, it is important that you communicate to them the message so they may take appropriate actions.

Drill Documents

Shelter Drill PDF

Emergency Contacts

In the event of any emergency or natural disaster, information concerning the status of California State University, Long Beach will be available to students, faculty, staff, parents, and community members through the following:

Emergency Update Information, (800) 341-5505

In case of a major university-wide emergency, recorded information will be provided and regularly updated at this number.

CSULB Switchboard, (562) 985-4111

Recorded Information concerning the university's status will be available for employees, students, parents, and community members.

Personal Voice Mail Number, (562) 985-1234

In addition to campus status, additional information pertinent to faculty and staff will be recorded on the Voice mail System. To access the system, dial (562) 985-1234.

CSULB Student Residents, (562) 985-4187

In addition to campus status, information concerning students living in the residence halls will be available at this number.

Isabel Patterson Child Development Center, (562) 985-5942

Pre-recorded information concerning the status of the Isabel Patterson Child Development Center will be available at this number. In the event of a campus closure during the center's hours of operation parents will be notified directly. The Center's main telephone number, (562) 985-5333 will remain open for parent call until all children have been picked up.

Child and Family Center, (562) 985-8500

Parents with children in the Child and Family Center operated by the Department of Family and Consumer Services should call the center directly for information.