Nuclear Power Plant Emergencies

Because the Northpointe campus is approximately 35 miles from a nuclear power plant, the university must be prepared to deal with a release of nuclear material into the environment.

First Reaction

  • Remain calm.
  • Stay indoors and await further instructions.
  • Listen for emergency instructions through radio and TV broadcasts, public address system, voice mail and e-mail, and emergency responders.
  • If the decision is made to evacuate the campus and move away from the vicinity of the nuclear incident, follow instructions given by the emergency service personnel on scene.

Shelter in Place

There may be instances in which you will be asked to remain where you are for safety reasons, such as during an airborne hazardous materials release. If this occurs:

  • Remain in the building you are in or, if outdoors, get into the nearest building and stay there.
  • Close all doors behind you and all windows in rooms.
  • Turn off heaters/air conditioners, bathroom and kitchen exhausts, and any other device that may draw in outside air or circulate inside air.
  • Seal any cracks around windows and doorways with tape, rolled-up towels, etc.; or seal doors and windows with plastic taped over them.
  • Do not stand by windows or doors. Go to an inside room away from windows or doors if possible.
  • Stay tuned to local television or radio for more information, or visit the IUP website at for updates.
  • DO NOT leave the building until told to do so by police or emergency personnel.
  • Avoid tying up the telephone lines; use phone only for emergency calls.

Shelter in place has been shown to be a safe response to an airborne hazardous materials release.

It is imperative that you stay indoors, especially if you can see a cloud, vapor, or smoke from the materials outdoors or smell the materials indoors. You will be safer indoors.