Mass Evacuation - Burnaby Campus


Mass evacuation is the temporary and rapid removal of all individuals within a campus.  Environmental and physical hazards in the vicinity of the Burnaby campus that could result in a mass evacuation include:

  • neighouring industrial incidents;
  • significant impact to air quality inclusive of hazardous material release (chemical, biological, or other hazardous substances in solid, liquid, or gaseous form);
  • forest fires; 
  • earthquakes;
  • intentional acts; and
  • other hazards which constitute a health or safety risk should the campus not evacuate.

During an incident, always follow the directions of wardens, building evacuation coordinators, security, and/or first responders.



  • Evacuate when alarms sound or when instructed to do so by emergency response personnel, fire wardens, or your supervisor.
  • Stay calm and walk, don’t run.  Leave quickly by the nearest safe exist.
  • Close doors behind you during evacuation.
  • Take notice of any hazards on your way out of the building and report any observations to Building Evacuation Coordinators, Campus Security, or Emergency Responders once outside.
  • Gather in the building assembly area or alternative safe area identified by first responders and remain there. 


  • DO NOT self evacuate to the mass assembly areas. The selection of which mass assembly area is used during the campus mass evacuation is dependent on the type and location of the hazard.
  • Once instructed by emergency responders, move from your building assembly area to a mass assembly area. 
  • Follow instructions from emergency responders for safe evacuation off-campus.

Mobility Challenges

On the ground floor or floor with emergency exit to outside: Exit via the nearest emergency exit and proceed to the evacuation assembly area.

All other floors: Proceed to the nearest refuge area. Once you have arrived at the refuge area, ensure that the Fire Department or Campus Security is aware of your location and wait for rescue.

If you are staff and mobility impaired, please make sure that you are listed with your Building Evacuation Coordinator so that Wardens are aware of your location so you can receive assistance during an evacuation.


  • If you observe a hazard that may require the evacuation of the building or work area notify your supervisor and contact Campus Security 24/7

Safety Tips

  • Familiarize yourself with the two nearest exits to your regular work or study areas.
  • Look at the Fire Evacuation Routes posted on walls throughout campus to familiarize yourself with Evacuation plans.
  • Avoid using elevators during an evacuation.
  • If you are staff or faculty and are interested, consider become a building evacuation coordinator or fire warden.