Active Threat

*Note: This video uses "shelter-in-place" terminology instead of the "lockdown" procedures which have become the industry standard since the production of this video.

In the event of an active threat situation:

Protect Yourself

Act to protect your personal safety immediately. Your best options are to:

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

Lockdown Drill
Info Sessions

SFU is holding a lockdown drill at the Vancouver campus Harbour Centre building on Wed, June 19th.

Come learn active threat procedures and what to expect during the drill. Sign up for a workshop below:

Session 1: Mon, June 10th
(11:30am-12:30pm)
HC 7000

Session 2: Mon, June 10th
(12:30pm-1:30pm)
HC 7000

Session 3: Fri, June 14th
(10:30am-11:30am)
HC 1600

Note: Workshops are open to all SFU Vancouver campus community members.

RUN

Evacuate: If you see or hear an armed intruder and it is possible to safely exit the area:

  • Exit the area by the shortest and safest means possible.
  • Leave your belongings behind.
  • Tell others to leave.
  • Assist others if you can.
  • Warn others of the threat. 
  • Call 911 when it is safe to do so.

 

HIDE

If you cannot evacuate safely, lockdown

  • Take shelter. If you are inside a classroom or office, stay there. If you are in a corridor, go to the closest office or classroom that’s not already locked.
  • Lock windows and doors, refer to any lockdown procedures posted in the room, and await instructions from emergency or safety personnel.
  • Barricade the entry with tables and chairs if the door does not lock.
  • Close curtains and blinds.
  • Turn off the lights.
  • Stay low and keep away from windows and doors.
  • Keep quiet. Put your cell phone on silent mode.
  • Remain calm and await further instructions from emergency personnel.
  • Call 911 if it is safe to do so.
  • Do not open the door for anyone unless they validate their identity as an emergency personnel.

TAKE ACTION

If you cannot run or hide, take other action to protect yourself

  • Commit to other actions with the goal being to delay, block, or overcome the threat.
  • Work with people around you.
  • Do what you need to stay alive, including using force to protect yourself.
  • Look for objects that could be used as tools in self-defense. 

Attempting to overcome an armed intruder with force should only be initiated if your life is in imminent danger.

During an event:

Alert authorities

Active threat situations are confusing and there may be uncertain or conflicting information about the situation.
If you are aware of an active threat. call 911 as soon as it is safe to do so. 

When police arrive:
  • Do not interfere with the immediate response of emergency personnel. 
  • Remain calm and follow officers' instructions.
  • Do not run towards emergency responders unless directed to do so.

Remember, active threats:

  • are rare on Canadian campuses
  • are unprovoked and generally involve the use of guns
  • are dynamic, can shift locations and are unpredictable
  • usually conclude when the individual is stopped by law enforcement, fatally injures them self, or another intervention.

Lockdown Drills

SFU hosts annual lockdown drills to increase awareness and familiarity of active threat procedures.

The next drill will be held on Wednesday, June 19th at the SFU Harbour Centre building on the Vancouver campus. Note that lockdown drills are scheduled at different SFU campuses and buildings on a rotating basis and future drills will be planned for other Vancouver campus buildings.

On June 19th the start of the drill will be communicated through a number of channels including loud speakers, Alertus (SFU desktop alerts), digital screens, and social media.

If you are on campus at the time of a drill, practice the following steps:

  • Stop all classes and other campus activities.
  • Take shelter. If you are inside a classroom or office, stay there. If you are in a corridor, go to the closest office or classroom that’s not already locked.
  • Lock windows and doors, refer to any lockdown procedures posted in the room, and await instructions from emergency or safety personnel.
  • Barricade the entry with tables and chairs if the door does not lock.
  • Close curtains and blinds.
  • Turn off the lights.
  • Stay low and keep away from windows and doors.
  • Keep quiet. Put your cell phone on silent mode.
  • Remain calm and await further instructions from university personnel.

Resources

Active Threat Workshops

Want to learn more? Campus Security offers active threat workshops by request for students, faculty, and staff. You can request a workshop for a group, or learn about attending an upcoming presentation.  Complete the workshop request form.

Emotional support

For critical incident support visit SFU Health & Counselling.