Active Threat

Safety is a top priority at SFU. This video was developed to provide our community with information about how to best respond in the event of active threat situations. Special thanks to the RCMP for their support of this video. 

*(Note: This video uses "shelter-in-place" terminology instead of the "lockdown" procedures which have become the industry standard since the production of this video.)

Active Threat Workshops

Want to learn more? 

Campus Security offers active threat workshops by request for students, faculty, and staff. You can request a workshop for your campus group, or attend an upcoming presentation.

Click here to complete the workshop request form.

What is an active threat?

An active threat is defined by the RCMP as one or more persons who seek out a target rich environment and participate in a random or systematic infliction of death or grievous bodily harm. These acts create an immediate risk to the safety to those in the vicinity.

Active threats:

  • are rare on Canadian campuses
  • are unprovoked and generally involve the use of guns
  • are dynamic, can shift locations and are unpredictable
  • usually conclude when the individual is stopped by law enforcement, fatally injures them self, or another intervention.

In the event of an active threat situation:

Protect Yourself

Act to protect your personal safety immediately. Your best options are to:

  • RUN: Evacuate the area if it is safe to do so
  • HIDE: Lockdown and hide yourself if you cannot evacuate safely
  • TAKE ACTION: As a last resort, commit yourself to delay, block or overcome the threat

RUN

Evacuate: If you see or hear an armed intruder and it is possible to safely exit the area:

  • Exit the area by the shortest and safest means possible.
  • Leave your belongings behind.
  • Tell others to leave.
  • Assist others if you can.
  • Warn others of the threat. 
  • Call 911/Campus Security when it is safe to do so.

 

HIDE

If you cannot evacuate safely, lockdown

  • Take shelter. If you are inside a classroom or office, stay there. If you are in a corridor, go to the closest office or classroom that’s not already locked.
  • Lock windows and doors, refer to any lockdown procedures posted in the room, and await instructions from emergency or safety personnel.
  • Barricade the entry with tables and chairs if the door does not lock.
  • Close curtains and blinds.
  • Turn off the lights.
  • Stay low and keep away from windows and doors.
  • Keep quiet. Put your cell phone on silent mode.
  • Remain calm and await further instructions from emergency personnel.
  • Call 911 if it is safe to do so.
  • Remember:
    • If the fire alarm is activated, remain where you are and await further instructions from emergency personnel. 
    • Do not open the door for anyone unless they validate their identity as an emergency personnel.

TAKE ACTION

If you cannot run or hide, take other action to protect yourself

  • Commit to other actions with the goal being to delay, block, or overcome the threat.
  • Work with people around you.
  • Do what you need to stay alive, including using force to protect yourself.
  • Look for objects that could be used as tools in self-defense. 

Attempting to overcome an armed intruder with force should only be initiated if your life is in imminent danger.

During an event:

Alert Authorities

Active threat situations are confusing and there may be uncertain or conflicting information about the situation.
If you are aware of an active threat:

When Police Arrive:
  • Do not interfere with the immediate response of emergency personnel. 
  • Remain calm and follow officers' instructions.
  • Do not run towards emergency responders unless directed to do so.
  • Keep your hands visible at all times. 
  • Remain available to answer questions and be accounted for by Police.

Lockdown Drills

SFU will be testing lockdown procedures on Surrey campus on the morning of Tuesday, May 15th. The community will be notified of the drill through a number of channels including the annunciator system, Alertus (SFU desktop alerts), digital screens, and social media. If you are on campus, we request your cooperation to allow yourself and others to participate in the drill, which is expected to last 10 minutes.

A campus lockdown is an emergency procedure implemented when necessary to ensure that the occupants of University buildings are protected from an active threat. To ensure everyone's safety, it is essential that all members of the campus community understand what is expected of them when a lockdown situation is initiated.
 
If you are on campus at the time of a drill, we request your cooperation to allow yourself and others to participate fully.
 
DURING A DRILL:
  • Stop all classes and other campus activities.
  • Take shelter. If you are inside a classroom or office, stay there. If you are in a corridor, go to the closest office or classroom that’s not already locked.
  • Lock windows and doors, refer to any lockdown procedures posted in the room, and await instructions from emergency or safety personnel.
  • Barricade the entry with tables and chairs if the door does not lock.
  • Close curtains and blinds.
  • Turn off the lights.
  • Stay low and keep away from windows and doors.
  • Keep quiet. Put your cell phone on silent mode.
  • Remain calm and await further instructions from university personnel.

Preparedness

  • Review SFU crisis communications channels
  • Download the SFU snap app and enable push noticiations to receive emergency alerts on your mobile device.
  • Think through your options - take a moment now to look around your usual space and identify potential exits, hiding places, and items you could use as tools for self defense. 
  • Enter Campus Security phone numbers into your phone now so you don't have to search for this information during an emergency.

Campus

Emergency
Non-Emergency
SFU Burnaby 778.782.4500 778.782.3100
SFU Surrey
778.782.7511 778.782.7070
SFU Vancouver 778.782.5252 778.782.5029
Goldcorp Centre 778.782.6649 778.782.5749

[bold indicates the local extension] 

 

Additional Resources

SFU Resources

Police Agencies

Active Threat Workshops

Want to learn more? Campus Security offers active threat workshops by request for students, faculty, and staff. You can request a workshop for a group, or learn about attending an upcoming presentation.

Click here to complete the workshop request form.