Personal Planning

While we hope it never happens, we need to be prepared to handle emergencies. Students will look to faculty and instructors for direction, anticipating that you will know what to do during an emergency. Do you? Members of an audience and group participants will look to the facilitator to provide instructions. Can you?


During an emergency – take charge

For Fire, Police and Medical Emergencies: Call 911

If you can, call 250.740.6600 to notify them.

If trained, start first aid.

  • Follow appropriate procedures and the instructions of emergency wardens (wearing emergency vests).
  • Assign students to assist anyone in need of help.
  • Take your personal belongings with you; including your laptop (don’t worry about the cords, mouse, etc.).
  • During an armed intruder incident, consider your best option: evacuate, shelter in place or take action. Call 911 when safe.
  • If the power goes out, wait 10 minutes. If not restored or there are safety concerns, evacuate your group.
  • Earthquake? Call out “drop, cover, hold on” and lead by example. No table or desk? Crouch low and cover your head with your hands.
  • Tiered lecture theatre? Crouch low in the rows between the seats. When the shaking stops, restore calm and instruct your group to evacuate. Stay away from the building and move to the building evacuation points. Prepare for aftershocks.
  • Fire alarm ringing? Immediately evacuate your group. See smoke or fire? Pull the fire alarm, call 911 and evacuate immediately to the building evacuation points.
  • Need first aid, call Campus Security at 250.740.6600, give name, location on campus including building and room number.

After an emergency

  • After evacuation, Do not re-enter the building until directed by emergency personnel.
  • Try to account for students/participants. Report any injured or missing individuals to Campus Security.
  • If you have information about the emergency, notify Fire, Police or Campus Security at the scene.
  • Try to let your department know your location and situation.

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