Emergency Response Guide - Severe Weather

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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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SEVERE WEATHER   
 Severe storms can occur at any time of year and affect the campus. Thunderstorms, tornadoes, hail, blizzards, ice storms, high winds and heavy rain can develop quickly and threaten life and property. In the event of a weather emergency, listen to the local radio or television stations for severe weather warnings and advice prior to commuting to campus.

York University Security Services continuously monitors weather conditions and the latest forecasts. Persons on campus may be notified of a weather emergency or a potential weather emergency through a variety of methods including through the use of messaging on the LCD screens located throughout campus, the York U Safety App, by telephone at 416-736-5600, email or through the York University website.  The media may also provide you with notification.

In the event of Thunderstorm on campus,

  • Stay away from items that conduct electricity, such as telephones, appliances, sinks and metal pipes.
  • If you are outdoors, take shelter immediately, preferably in a building but, failing this, in a depressed area such as a ditch or culvert. Never go under a tree.

In the event of a Tornado on campus, take shelter immediately

  • Go to the lower level of a sturdy building.
  • Do not go to your parked car.
  • Avoid wide-span buildings, such as auditoriums.
  • Seek shelter in small windowless rooms such as washrooms, or stairwells.
  • Stay away from elevators, doors and windows. Flying glass is extremely dangerous.
  • If you are caught outdoors and no shelter is available, lie flat in a ditch, ravine or other low-lying area, and shield your head with your arms.

In the event of a Blizzard or Ice storm,

  • If you go outside, dress for the weather.
  • Pay attention to branches or wires that could break due to the weight of any ice or heavy snow. Ice sheets could also do the same.
  • Never touch power lines. During an ice storm, a hanging power line could be charged (live) and you would run the risk of electrocution. Remember also that ice, branches or power lines can continue to break and fall for several hours after the end of the storm.
  • Freezing rain can make roads and sidewalks extremely slippery. Wait several hours after freezing rain ends so that maintenance crews have enough time to spread sand or salt on icy roads and sidewalks
 EXPLOSION EARTHQUAKE
 SHELTER-IN-PLACE
 POWER FAILURE
 GAS LEAK  FLOOD
 HAZARDOUS MATERIALS CIVIL DISTURBANCE
LOCKDOWN
 ROBBERY
 DISRUPTIVE PERSON  HARASSMENT
 BOMB THREAT
SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE
OTHER EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS