Shelter in Place
Shelter-in-place procedures may be used when officials deem that it is unsafe to be outdoors due to an environmental hazard in the vicinity of a SFU campus. This may include:
- neighbouring industrial incidents;
- significant impact to air quality inclusive of hazardous material release (chemical, biological, or other hazardous substances in solid, liquid or gaseous form);
- storms: snow, severe wind, or lightning storms resulting in downed powerlines, high levels of disaster debris, or impacted access and egress routes;
- other hazards which constitute a health or safety risk should individuals not take shelter including: wildlife hazards (e.g. bears, cougars, coyotes, and deer), and radiation levels which fall outside of Health Canada’s guidelines for human exposure.
Instructions to either shelter-in-place or evacute may come from SFU Alerts, Building Evacuation Coordinators, Fire Wardens, Campus Security, or First Responders.
(Note that shelter-in-place procedures are not used during acts of violence. For the active threat procedures, visit our page here.)
Follow these procedures to shelter-in-place:
1) Seek and Share Shelter
- Increase distance from the hazard. Enter the closest building possible if outdoors.
- Avoid rooms with windows that cannot be sealed.
2) Seal exterior doors and windows
- Seal exterior doors and windows.
- In some cases, the ventilation system may be shut off.
3) Keep calm and alert
- Keep phones on and monitor updates (@SFU on Twitter and on the SFU homepage).
- Minimize noise and do not make unnecessary calls.
- Listen and be aware of potential hazards including unusual sounds and smells.
- Remain in the secure location until additional info is provided by emergency personnel.
- If you are outside and alerted to seek shelter indoors, enter the closest possible building.
- If it is safe to do so, share the building with other campus members seeking shelter.
- Monitor SFU Alerts, and for additional information about the hazard.
- Alert and share information about shelter-in-place instructions to others in your work area.