Emergency & Continuity Planning

Emergency & Continuity Planning reports to the Chief Safety Officer.
We provide leadership in preparing strategies and plans for the SFU community to address emergencies and adverse conditions that could cause disruptions to our operations.

What's New

12 October 2018

ShakeOut Earthquake Drill

Join SFU in the annual ShakeOut BC earthquake drill on Thursday, October 18th!

  • Download the SFU snap app and watch for drill notifications. 
  • At 10:18am, follow along to the ShakeOut video and practice “Drop, Cover, Hold On” procedures.
  • Drop by SFU ShakeOut tables at each campus from 10am-12pm to learn more and win prizes.
    • Burnaby - Saywell Atrium
    • Surrey - Mezzanine
    • Vancouver - Harbour Centre lobby

Learn more at: www.sfu.ca/shakeout

30 August 2018

Free CPR & AED Training - Learn to Save a Life

In partnership with Heart & Stroke, Safety & Risk Services is offering free CPR & AED training to staff and faculty on all three campuses September 18th and 20th. In these workshops instructors will coach participants on hands-only CPR and how to use an AED. Limit 25 participants per session. Register here.

14 June 2018

June 26th Emergency Preparedness Exercise

On Tuesday, June 26th, SFU Safety & Risk Services will be holding an emergency preparedness exercise. As safety is our top priority and commitment, exercises like this are essential for the University to practice emergency response and recovery procedures. This specific exercise will be based on a mock wildfire scenario on Burnaby Mountain and will be used to test our response measures to environmental hazards. There will be limited visibility of the exercise on campus and it will not be impacting University operations.


Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the following procedures:

As well, familiarize yourself with SFU crisis communication channels, and download the SFU snap app to receive emergency push-notifications on your mobile device here: www.sfu.ca/sfualerts.

7 May 2018

Notice to Surrey Campus Community - Upcoming Lockdown Drill

Please note that 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.

How to prepare:

  • Attend an information session to learn about active threat procedures, what to expect during a lockdown drill, and more. Please register for one of the dates below.
    • Session 1 - Thursday May 10th (1-2pm), room 3310
    • Session 2 - Friday May 11th (1-2pm), room 3310
  • Familiarize yourself with SFU’s Active Threat Procedures to ensure you are familiar with the RUN, HIDE, TAKE ACTION procedures.

For more information visit: www.sfu.ca/activethreat

3 November 2016

Active Threat Protocols

In the wake of the tragic active threat incident at Abbotsford Senior Secondary yesterday, it is an important reminder for the SFU community to review our active threat protocols.

In the event of an active threat situation act to protect your personal safety immediately.
Your best options are to:

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

For more information visit our Active Threat page and watch our informative video.
If you are interested in receiving additional information you can also sign up for an Active Threat Workshop provided by Campus Security here.

We also recommend that you visit the Health and Counselling Services', Critical Incident page for information on how to best offer and receive support services after such tragic incidences.

24 October 2016

Winterfest - Nov 2nd

Join us for Winterfest, the annual event on SFU Burnaby to help everyone on campus know what to expect from winter on the 'hill'.  Warm up with hot chocolate while you learn about winterizing your vehicle, severe weather plans, and how to stay safe, happy, and healthy throughout the winter season.  Also win prizes and free giveaways from Winterfest vendors. The event is public and free. 

October 11, 2016

ShakeOut BC Earthquake Drill - October 20th

The annual earthquake drill, ShakeOut BC is around the corner on Thursday, October 20th.  Join us by practicing “Drop, Cover, & Hold On” earthquake procedures wherever you are at 10:20am. As part of the drill you’ll be receiving SFU Alert emergency notifications via text, email, or phone. Be sure to sign up beforehand, and then follow the instructions to practice your earthquake preparedness wherever you are!

Also, from 9:30am to 12pm, drop by a participation zone to pick up earthquake safety information, win prizes, and learn more about the drill:

  • Burnaby- Saywell Atrium and WAC Bennett Library
  • Vancouver- Harbour Centre
  • Surrey- Mezzanine

More information available at: http://www.sfu.ca/shakeout

June 6, 2016

Mark LaLonde, Chief Safety Officer

Safety & Risk Services is pleased to announce that Mark LaLonde has joined SFU as our new Chief Safety Officer, effective June 6, 2016.


Mark comes to SFU from Xpera Risk Mitigation and Investigations where he was the Director, Risk Solutions Division. He is currently also a Sessional Faculty member in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of the Fraser Valley and was a consultant for Criminal Justice Reform at the United Nations Children's Fund and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. 

He holds an MA in Justice and Public Safety Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University. 

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome Mark to SFU and thank Laura MacDonald, Senior Director, Administration and Strategic Growth, for her role as Acting Chief Safety Officer in the interim.


May 9, 2016

Emergency Preparedness & Safety Days

Safety & Risk Services is pleased to host Emergency Preparedness & Safety Days (EPS Days) May 10th – 12th. Learn how to prepare for emergencies and stay safe while having fun riding the Quake Cottage earthquake simulator, winning prizes at the Safety Awareness Fair, and visiting us at the SRS Open House. Visit the event webpage for more details.

January, 2016

Grab n' Go Emergency Kits

Are you prepared for an emergency? Emergency kits for your home, office, and vehicle are the best way to prepare yourself in the case of unforseen events including power outages, earthquakes, severe weather, and more.

If you are an SFU student, staff, or faculty, you can click here to purchase a $25 starter kit through SRS, or learn about the items to include to make your own. 

July, 2015

EPOC: University-wide project for Emergency & Continuity Planning

The ECP unit is excited to be working along side SRS staff as well as staff from all levels of the University to move forward a new project on Emergency Planning & Operational Continuity (EPOC).  This project will involve input from all university entities and will run from July- November 2015. Click to find out more about the project.

December 20, 2013

Resource Feature: Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan

The SFU Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan is available for review in our Resources section.  We encourage members of the community to take the time to look it over and we welcome any questions or comments to epinfo@sfu.ca