About Us

Our mandate: 

In support of SFU General Policy 31, provide planning leadership to ensure emergency preparedness and response strategies are established and well-coordinated, and plans are in place to facilitate effective recovery and operational continuity. 

Emergency and Continuity Planning defined:

An Emergency is a present or imminent event that is caused by accident, fire, explosion, technical failure, or by the forces of nature. It requires prompt coordination of action of persons or property to protect the health, safety, or welfare of people, or to limit damage to property. 

The objective of Continuity Planning is to continue to manage operations under adverse conditions by implementing appropriate strategies. We also develop plans to achieve continuity of processes that are critical to an organization.

SFU Emergency Program structure:

Established by SFU General Policy 31, it covers all SFU campuses and it’s based on the BC Emergency Response Management System (BCERMS), a BC-wide system for emergency management.  BCERMS identifies the structure and priorities in planning for and responding to emergencies. SFU has adapted those priorities to apply to the university context:

  1. Provide for health and safety of all responders
  2. Save lives
  3. Reduce suffering
  4. Protect public health
  5. Protect university property
  6. Restore academic, research and administrative functions
  7. Protect the environment
  8. Reduce economic and social losses

4 Phases of Emergency management

SFU’s emergency program addresses the four phases of Emergency Management through its many initiatives, events and plans.

Some examples of the things we do at SFU to address the 4 phase of Emergency Management include:

1. Mitigation

2. Preparedness

  • Awareness events ­such as the annual Earthquake Drill and Winterfest
  • Regular testing drills such as SFU Alert system drills and fire drills
  • Develop and practice plans
  • Emergency Management Committee engagement

3. Response

4. Recovery

  • Continuity plans
  • Pre-identified priority areas
  • Established relationships with partners