Emergency Response Guide - Lockdown

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EMERGENCY RESPONSE GUIDE

YORK UNIVERSITY SECURITY SERVICES:

416-736-5333 or Ext. 33333 (On campus)

 911

In a life threatening emergency call 911 then call York University Security Services. See HERE for other numbers to call in an emergency.
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 MEDICAL EMERGENCY
ASSISTANCE - PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
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LOCKDOWN
A lockdown is used to protect persons in the event of a violent or potentially violent situation on campus.  You may be instructed to lockdown when there is an armed individual posing an immediate threat to the safety and well being of the York community. The individual may posses a gun, knife, explosive or other weapon.

Notification of a Lockdown is typically undertaken by York University Security Services. You may also be notified by your Building Emergency Captain, Emergency Response Warden, by telephone, email or through activation of the LCD screens.

If instructed to lockdown:

  • Take shelter in the nearest secured place, i.e. classroom or office.
  • Close doors. Lock doors if possible. Barricade the doors.
  • If the lights in the room can be turned off - turn them off; turn off computers, cell phones, radios, or any device that may indicate the room is occupied.
  • Close any blinds or curtains on windows. Stay away from doors and try to keep out of the line of sight of windows.
  • Sit or lie on the floor or crouch behind or under desks. Be as invisible as possible.
  • BE QUIET.
  • Do not respond to anyone at the door until you are given the “all clear” by Toronto Police or York University Security Services.
  • If you are directed to leave your secured area by police, do so as quickly and quietly as possible and follow their specific directions. Assist those who may require help moving.
  • DO NOT USE CELL PHONES DURING A LOCKDOWN. They may interfere with emergency communications. Police, fire and ambulance radio systems can be negatively impacted by high cell phone volume. The only exception to the above is in the event of a medical emergency in your immediate area, or if you have information specific to the current threat.

If you are outside the building during a lockdown:

  • DO NOT ENTER THE BUILDING.
  • Move as far away as possible from the building under lockdown.
  • Await further direction from Toronto Police or York University Security Services.
  • Otherwise, go to a safe area of campus away from the scene.
  • DO NOT CALL THE LOCATION THAT IS IN LOCKDOWN.
  • Do not call anyone inside the building that is in lockdown. Information updates will be provided by police and University officials as soon as possible and safe to do so.
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