Invacuation is the opposite to evacuation. You find refuge inside a building during an emergency. Invacuation may be required when there is an environmental hazard, (such as a smoke cloud or suspected chemical leak), or a security related incident.
In the event of an emergency or other situation where we believe that people would be safer being indoors rather than being outside on campus, we will send out an invacuation alert.
Invacuation alerts will be sent out to all on-site networked computers. Messages will also appear on electronic screens. We will also send out SMS messages to all users of the Safe Zone app.
We will continue to send out messages to update you on any further instructions or with any advice we would like you to follow.
Once the issue is resolved, we will send out a message announcing the all clear.
What to do when you receive an invacuation alert
- Find the nearest building and go inside.
- Take immediate cover away from windows and doors, which should remain closed and locked if instructed.
- Find volunteers to monitor the main doors from a safe location to allow entry to other known members of staff or students.
- Make sure you have access to a computer screen.
- Keep computers and TV screens switched on for further information.
- Tell others about the computer message if it is obvious that they don't have access
- Remain in the secure area until you're given instructions by Security staff (First Responders), the Emergency Services, or by any of the emergency message services.
Sheltering inside can be an effective way to protect yourself in some emergency situations, but you should only do so if directed by a member of Security or by the emergency services or if you receive, or are told about, an invacuation alert. There may be situations when it is better to run, or if you can’t do so safely, to hide. You may wish to familiarise yourself with guidance from Government around 'Run. Hide. Tell'.
The all clear
When the emergency is over, messages will be sent out giving information about the all clear. Once the all clear message has been received, you should feel free to go about your normal business.