Emergency Response Guide - Shelter-in-Place

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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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 ABOUT THIS GUIDE
 MEDICAL EMERGENCY
ASSISTANCE - PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
 FIRE  FIRE ALARM
 EVACUATION
 VIOLENT PERSON/ASSAULT    
 SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOUR
 SEVERE WEATHER   
 EXPLOSION EARTHQUAKE
 SHELTER-IN-PLACE
Shelter-in-place is a precaution to help keep you safe by remaining indoors. You may be instructed to shelter-in-place in the event of an emergency, such as the accidental or intentional release of dangerous goods into the atmosphere. This could occur where there are chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear contaminants in the air.

Notification of a Shelter-in-Place is typically undertaken by York University Security Services. You may also be notified by the Public Address (PA) system, your Building Emergency Captain, Emergency Response Warden, by telephone by calling 416-736-5600, email, the York Safety App, through the activation of the LCD screens. The media may also provide you with notification.

If instructed to Shelter-in-Place:

  • Close and lock all windows and exterior doors. If there is danger of an explosion, close all window coverings (e.g., shades, blinds, curtains). Also turn off all fans, vents, and heating and air conditioning systems.
  • If possible, take refuge in a small, interior room, with no or few windows. In case of a chemical threat, an above ground location is preferable, as chemicals heavier than air may seep into the basement even with the windows closed.
  • Although most shelter-in-place orders usually last only a few hours, take any emergency survival kits with you to have a supply of food, bottled water, first aid supplies and medications on hand.
  • Have a working radio available so you can listen to the media to know when it is safe to come out or if you will need to evacuate the area.
  • Do not leave the building or go outside until advised that it is safe by emergency services or York University Security Services.
  • Try to have a hard-wired telephone inside the room in which you are seeking shelter. This will provide a backup to any cellular equipment you may have.

Avoid using the telephone unless you are reporting an emergency or it is absolutely necessary. Emergency responders and those who need immediate emergency assistance will need all available lines.

 POWER FAILURE
 GAS LEAK  FLOOD
 HAZARDOUS MATERIALS CIVIL DISTURBANCE
LOCKDOWN
 ROBBERY
 DISRUPTIVE PERSON  HARASSMENT
 BOMB THREAT
SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE
OTHER EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS