About our plans

We are responsible for leading the development, implementation and practice of plans for emergencies and continuity of operations.

SFU’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan is divided into several components: 

Component 1: Framework for Emergency Management at SFU

This applies to all hazards and Includes a definition of roles and responsibilities, describes the emergency management program, provides a description of our campuses and identifies planning assumptions.  This section provides context for all of the other components.

Component 2: Concept of operations

Defines the way that we would respond in an emergency situation and the roles and responsibilities of each group involved in response.  It also provides details for setting up, staffing and managing an Emergency Operations Centre.

Component 3: Hazard Specific Annexes

These provide details for certain hazards that require specific procedures and processes.  Hazard specific plans include fire, hazardous material incidents, utility failure, extreme weather, medical emergencies.

For information about what you should do if we experience any of these situations, check out the emergency response guides.

Component 4: Emergency Support Function Annexes

These provide details about the various functions that provide support  for emergency management.  These include volunteer teams, communications, resources and equipment, and training/exercise program.

Component 5: Service Unit Specific Annexes

Provide details for the way specific service units with assigned roles in emergency response will operate in an emergency.  Service units include Facilities Services, Campus Security, Residence and Housing, Dining Services, etc.


Continuity Planning ensures that the learning, teaching and research environment we enjoy is restored as soon as possible following an emergency and that our critical services continue in adverse situations. The key components of continuity planning include:

  • Identifying critical processes and services
  • Identifying potential risks,  and impacts as a result of risk
  • Creating strategies that will enable continuity of critical services in the face of risk
  • Developing plans to implement strategies
  • Training to ensure departments are able to enact their plans in an emergency
  • Exercising to practice plans and enhance readiness