Are you prepared to face emergencies?

April 24, 2024

May 5 – 11, 2024 is Emergency Preparedness Week - a national awareness initiative coordinated by Public Safety Canada. It aims to better prepare individuals to face a range of emergencies and reduce its impact by following three simple steps – know the risks, make a plan, and build an emergency kit.   

Emergencies are unpredictable and come in many forms. Due to the location of our campuses and operations, SFU is susceptible to earthquakes, wildfires, severe weather, and many more. Being personally prepared to face emergencies and manage incidents can greatly reduce its impact.  

Support a culture of safety, care, and preparedness in SFU

SFU encourages every member of the university community to utilize resources and tools available that support and empower you to become better prepared for an emergency. 

1. Know the risks and where to get information

  • Be aware of a range of risks and hazards our campuses are susceptible to and familiarize yourself with these safety guides to better prepare you when it happens.
  • Stay informed and updated with important notifications from our following communication channels:

2. Make a plan

You may lose access to necessities and other resources such as water, food, electricity, and communication with others in an emergency or disaster. Be personally prepared by thinking of possible scenarios and how you can deal with the situation while waiting for help to arrive.

  • Emergencies can escalate to a building evacuation. Be aware and know about SFU’s building evacuation procedures and assembly areas. This allows you to know what to do and where to proceed should a building evacuation take place on campus.  

  • If you are living with family, create a family plan for each member, including pets, by listing how you can contact one another and identify areas where you can meet.   

  • Get involved and participate in the Emergency Preparedness Information Session on Friday, May 10, 2024, 12:00 - 12:45 pm PST. 

Get a chance to win a grab-and-go kit by pre-registering your attendance. One (1) lucky attendee will be randomly drawn by the facilitator before the event ends.

Join via Zoom by accessing this link during the schedule provided, or by using the following meeting details: 

Meeting ID: 836 8323 4597
Password: 037393"

3. Build an emergency kit and a grab-and-go kit

An emergency kit is different from a grab-and-go bag.  

  • An emergency kit contains supplies you can keep at home in case you need to shelter-in-place.
  • A grab-and-go bag contains supplies you can easily take with you in an evacuation.    

It is important to gather supplies that will sustain an individual for at least 72 hours. Know what goes in your emergency kit and grab-and-go kit. If you want to know where you can purchase emergency kits, click here.