UW-Platteville goes over ‘shelter-in-place’ instructions

September 25, 2013

PLATTEVILLE­­­, Wis. — University of Wisconsin-Platteville Chief of Police Scott Marquardt shared with the campus community instructions in case a “shelter-in-place” order is ever issued.

The e-mailed tips were triggered, in part, by the Sept. 10 high-speed chase of James M. Kruger, 36, who faces multiple charges including attempted homicide, robbery, kidnapping and car theft. Kruger had been spotted in Platteville that morning. Although the university did not go into “shelter-in-place” status, Marquardt and other administrators wanted to be proactive should an incident ever warrant the warning.

Here is the context of the e-mail Marquardt sent to UW-Platteville students, faculty and staff:

Last week, an armed man was involved in a high-speed chase throughout Grant, Iowa and Dane counties until he was finally captured. The university issued Pioneer Alerts in the morning because there were indications that this individual was headed towards Platteville. Had he been spotted anywhere near the city, university officials (who were closely monitoring the situation and were in direct communication with law enforcement officers the entire time) would have issued a “shelter-in-place” warning that would have essentially closed the campus. This would have been done on the building PA system as well as the Pioneer Alerts, on the website and through official UW-Platteville social media platforms.

To sign up for Pioneer Alerts, use the link at the bottom of this e-mail. Students are automatically registered through PASS, but faculty and staff must enter a cell phone number to receive the emergency alerts via text.

“Shelter-in-place” means to seek immediate shelter indoors, preferably in an interior room with few to no windows following the announcement of an emergency condition. Here are some tips in the unfortunate event the university would ever have to give a "shelter-in-place" order:

  • Immediately get inside the nearest building and proceed to an interior room if possible
  • Close and lock all doors and windows, if possible. If the doors do not lock, move a table or desk in front of the door
  • Stay put unless there is an immediate threat in your room, and do not leave for your next class if you are on campus
  • Do not come to campus if you are off campus and know a “shelter-in-place” warning has been issued
  • Monitor text message alerts, e-mails, UW-Platteville social media sites, etc. for further information and updates
  • When the threat is over and you no longer need to "shelter-in-place," you will be notified through all media, including the building PA

UW-Platteville has an emergency plan handbook that is more than 125 pages thick, and the emergency response team meets bi-weekly to help prepare for all types of situations. The succession of events in an emergency or disaster is not predictable, so flexibility is required in implementing the plan on a case-by-case basis. “Shelter-in-place” would only be used if the campus is in direct danger, but should that term be used, it is vital that all campus constituents know the procedures to follow.

Please take a minute and consider how you would “shelter-in-place” in the areas you frequent and what you would do in case of an emergency.

Helpful links:

More emergency information is available at http://www3.uwplatt.edu/police/

Sign up for emergency Pioneer Alert text notifications:


To follow UW-Platteville’s Twitter account:


To like UW-Platteville on facebook:


To like UW-Platteville Police Department on facebook:


Thanks everyone and stay safe!

Scott Marquardt

Chief of Police

UW-Platteville Police Department


Written by: Paul Erickson, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, ericksop@uwplatt.edu


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