Emergency notification methods

Depending on the magnitude of the emergency, a single method, or combination of different methods, may be used to let you know about an emergency.

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Emergency notification strategy

In most cases, notifications and information concerning emergencies on campus will be disseminated in a timely and consistently fashion with accurate information.  This is why we encourage the community to be aware of the different emergency notification channels available to them and to review emergency procedures to be well informed and prepared when and emergency occurs on campus.

There are some emergencies however that can be a matter of life and death and do not give us the luxury of time to craft consistent messages with accurate information. A fire alarm is a good example of how building occupants receive a notification via alarm bells without being provided any details as to where the fire may be or what exactly is burning.  Because it is potentially a life and death situation, the importance is alerting building occupants to the danger and getting them to safety as quickly as possible.

There are other situations like this where a serious threat to the life and safety of people on campus may present itself but the specific details as to the exact location and/or the exact nature of the threat is not immediately known.

For example, active shooter or armed intruder events are initially very chaotic and confusing.  The ability of authorities to respond, understand what is happening, assess where the threats are and who is most at risk is nearly impossible within the first 30 minutes.  In these cases, like a fire alarm, the emphasis must be placed on alerting those who are potentially at risk as quickly as possible. The strategy is to interrupt people caught up in their daily activities, tell them they are potentially in danger to trigger their individual survival instinct.  Once triggered, the individual can figure out if they are in immediate danger and take the necessary steps to protect themselves. 

This is why at Concordia, if a serious threat to the life and safety of people on campus due to an armed intruder, a very basic emergency alert will be sent to the entire campus within seconds;

CONCORDIA EMERGENCY ALERT:  ARMED INTRUDER at SGW Campus – If on campus, SEEK A SECURE LOCATION immediately, If not on SGW campus, stay away and await further instructions.

The purpose of the campus alert is to advise the campus community as quickly as possible that a dangerous situation is unfolding and everyone should stop what they are doing and assess their own situation and react accordingly.(see the active shooter - armed intruder procedure)

Always keep in mind that the emergency may be occurring in your building, a neighbouring building or across campus. 

If you assess that nothing is happening around and you are safe, remain where you are until you have more information as to the specific nature and location of the emergency or if your situation changes.  

As soon as more information becomes available and is confirmed, subsequent emergency notification messages will be sent, providing more details such as to the exact nature and location of the emergency to help building occupants determine what course of action they should take.  

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