Ongoing attention to national security issues leaves many of us wondering about the potential for a terrorism-related emergency to touch our lives in Lubbock. Texas Tech University has received no direct terrorist threats. Emergency and communication plans will be activated when and if our campus ever receives such a threat. These plans will be coordinated with the City and County of Lubbock. The University will provide instructions about a specific situation and issues such as taking shelter inside campus buildings or evacuating. Students, faculty and staff can prepare for emergencies by following these guidelines:
 
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Prepare for "Shelter in Place"
If a campus emergency ever involves the release of hazardous materials, the University community should expect to be directed to remain inside or to take shelter indoors on campus in the closest residence halls, campus apartments or other buildings where toxic vapors are reduced or eliminated. Doing so will help eliminate any uncertainty outside.

To "shelter in place" - or stay in a safe place protected from the hazard - close doors and windows. Move to an interior room away from as many windows as possible. It may take time for local authorities or University officials to advise about what is happening. Remain in the shelter until University officials notify you that it is safe to leave. Until then, do not try to contact parents or friends to come to campus to pick you up. Tell your family now that you expect to seek shelter on campus during a hazardous materials emergency. Make plans now for your own emergency communications. Discuss those plans with co-workers, classmates, roommates, parents and friends. If necessary, arrange for back up care of family members who would need special assistance. If such an emergency occurs when you are home, do not come to campus until officials announce that it is safe to do so.

Students should follow these same procedures while in residence halls, campus apartments or off-campus accommodations when an emergency happens. Housing and Residential Education staff, on call 24 hours daily, seven days a week, will implement "shelter in place," provide directions and share information updates as they are available from University officials.
 
Stay Informed
To stay informed about threats and emergencies, consider monitoring news media reports and subscribing to news Web sites offering free e-mail news subscriptions. You can check for any important changes to campus conditions on the main Web site, http://www.ttu.edu.. Battery-powered radios are another information source, particularly if there is a power outage. Lubbock County also can disseminate non-weather emergency information via the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's weather radio system.
 
Stay Alert
 Watch for strangers or anyone who seems to be acting suspiciously.
 If you see anything raising your concern - including unattended bags, backpacks, cars or vehicles - call the TTU Police Department at 742-3931.
 Keep building doors and windows locked when the building is closed and not open for business. If you see an unsecured building, report it to the TTU Police     Department by calling 742-3931.
 
 View a special domestic preparedness section of the Department of Environmental Health and Safety's Web site. This site features information about security issues involving the mail and laboratories and offers a variety of health and safety tips.
 View the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Web site supporting a new "Be Ready" information campaign at http://www.ready.gov. The department also     has established a toll-free telephone number, (800) BE READY.
 View "Are You Ready? A Guide to Citizen Preparedness" developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency at http://www.fema.gov/areyouready
 Call the TTU Police Department, 742-3931, or the Department of Environmental Health and Safety, 742-3876,, for more information.