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Preparing for an emergency

We don't plan to fail, but we often fail to plan.

Taking a few moments to consider what emergencies you may be exposed to and planning for those emergencies before they happen will ensure that you are better prepared to deal with the emergency if and when it occurs.

Recent disasters have demonstrated that even in the most developed countries, we must takes steps to prepare to be self sufficient for at least the first 72 hours following a disaster.

The university undertakes preparedness and prevention activities on an institutional level but encourages all staff and students to do so as well.

Following are simple ways to prepare yourself for an emergency situation:

Suggested activities for everyone

Suggested activities for faculty

Suggested activities for staff

Emergency preparedness for departments

Department Emergency Preparedness Plan

All university units must have a Department Emergency Preparedness Plans (DEPP).The DEPP is a departmental document that outlines plans for emergency management within your department. It helps coordinate your team and ensures continuity of operations. Departments that do not have plans often find themselves left out of communications from the Campus Safety and Prevention Services and sometimes struggle to get information on recovery time & allocated resources.

The best and most immediate way to get support is to contact your DEPP coordinator for assistance. If you are usure of who this person is or if you would like support from emergency management to update your plan, please contact

If you are looking for information to plan for damages caused by an emergency incident to your department's property, you may contact

Holiday preparedness tips

As the semester comes to an end and many of us are prepare to spend some quality time with friends and family, Concordia’s Emergency Management Team would like to offer some safety tips before leaving your office for the holidays.

  1. Make sure all exterior windows are closed.
  2. Unplug your space heaters.
  3. Shut off the lights if you are the last to leaving your office.
  4. Unplug extension cords that are not in use.
  5. Bring any valuable personal items home for the holidays.
  6. Keep any items off the floor to avoid damage in case of water leaks.
  7. Call Campus Safety and Prevention Services if in need of assistance at 514-848-3717 or if you simply want to wish us Happy Holidays. Our teams will be working 24/7 to help keep Concordia safe.
  8. For those that will be at Concordia and working alone or in isolation during the holidays, subscribe online to Checkmate to receive safety checks by text message or phone call.


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