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Past Events

Connect U

Thank you to those that stopped by and visited us at the Connect U Conference held on May 3rd and 4th!  It was great to talk to so many people, answer questions and provide written information.

Emergency Preparedness Week

Thank you to all those that participated in the various Emergency Preparedness Week activities during the week of May 7th to 13th.  A number of learning sessions were held on topics related to emergency preparedness.   As well, there was a focus this year on Active Threat.

Remember you can arrange a few different types of sessions that will help you be better emergency prepared.   Staff from Emergency Planning or Campus Security can come to your workplace to deliver these sessions.  These include:

  • Emergency Preparedness for home and work  (30 minutes to 90 minutes, depending on the depth of content)
  • Active Threat (60 minutes)
  • Surviving Disaster (video; 75 minutes)

Contact us to arrange a session

Fire Drills

In 2016, 93 fire drills were conducted on campus.  These drills are required by provincial regulation.   They provide a useful way for building occupants (students, faculty, staff and visitors) to practice the safe exit from the building when the fire bells sound.  These drills are a very important training time for the Building and Floor Coordinators.  The drills tend to disrupt the building for about 15 minutes a year.  The cooperation and understanding of all is greatly appreciated. 

As of May 16th, we have completed 26 drills.  More are scheduled in the coming months.   Remember - if you hear the fire bells assume it is a real emergency event and evacuate the building quickly and safely.

Again, thank you for your understanding when these drills affect you!

Upcoming Events

Earthquake Simulator/Emergency Preparedness Fair

We are in the process of organizing another visit from the earthquake simulator.  This ride simulates what a large earthquake would feel like!  Stay tuned for more details on this event.   There is a strong likelihood it will visit campus the second week of classes in September.    More details to follow.


The Great British Columbia ShakeOut

It is still months away, but you can start planning for the 2017 Great British Columbia ShakeOut!  The 2017 edition will be on October 19th at 10:19 am.!  Check out this website for more details.


Is 10:19 am  an inconvenient time?  We encourage you to hold an earthquake drill in your work area or classroom at any time during the week of the ShakeOut drill.