Lockdown Procedures

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Lockdown procedures are different from those you would follow during a fire. During a real lockdown, you would remain inside the building hidden from the person(s) causing the threat, or evacuate if it was your best option (e.g., in an open area with no cover). However, during a lockdown drill, you will not evacuate the building unless you have no other option. 

Upcoming Lockdown Drills

We will be conducting lockdown drills at each of our four campuses and the Student Residence and Conference Centre as follows:

Tuesday, October 3:

  • Progress Campus (includes Centennial Residence and Culinary Arts Centre, T-Block)

Thursday, October 5:

  • Ashtonbee Campus
  • Morningside Campus
  • Story Arts Centre

What to do during a Lockdown Drill

Below are the steps you should take in a lockdown drill situation if you are in a classroom, office, or public area.

If you are in a classroom or office:

  • Stay there.
  • If it is safe to do so, check the hallway or area outside the door and direct anyone out in the hallway or area to take cover in your room.
  • Remain calm and quiet
  • Close the door and lock it if possible, or barricade the door with tables and chairs – ask students to help if you need assistance.
  • Turn off the lights and, if possible, cover the door window and side panels. Keep out of sight.
  • If you are in classroom or room exposed by windows, take cover underneath a desk or behind a structure
  • Help people with disabilities get to a safe place where they can hide, and if needed, help them to take cover
  • Silence all communications devices (this includes cell phones, radios and televisions)
  • Remain completely quiet, as if no one is in the room
  • Do not answer the door
  • Listen for announcements from the Campus Emergency Voice Communications System and follow instructions
  • If the Fire Alarm sounds while in Lockdown, assess the situation and respond accordingly:
    • If there are signs of smoke and/or fire then evacuate
    • If there are no signs of smoke or fire then stay in lockdown

If you are in a public area:

  • If you are in a hallway or waiting area, take shelter in the nearest room/office.
  • If you are in a large open space, e.g., Campus cafeteria, Progress Library and Academic Facility, Morningside Commons Area, Progress Student Centre Main Events Hall, and there is no shelter in the immediate area, you would evacuate in a real lockdown scenario and move a safe distance away from the campus where you would not be a target of an armed assailant.

In an actual lockdown situation, you would also do the following:

  • If you have information about the attacker or an injured person, call Police at 911 and be ready to provide as much information as possible.
  • Wait until emergency personnel arrive to escort you out of the building.