In the event of a major earthquake posing a serious risk to the University community, the University will rely upon local authorities and, as necessary, follow policies outlines in the Disaster Intelligence Assessment Annex (2.5), the Evacuation Annex (2.6), Evacuation (3.8), Fire Alarm (3.9), Structural Failure (3.18). Click the Campus Emergency Operations Plan link to the right for further information.
In the event of severe flooding, the Public Safety and Facility Operations Offices should be notified. Broken water pipes, water leaks and overflowing or clogged drains that do not present an emergency situation should only be reported to Facility Operations. If flooding occurs in a residence facility, Facility Operations will notify Housing Services. If residential areas are rendered uninhabitable, Housing Services will relocate residents to other areas on campus or secure alternative temporary housing arrangements as needed.
Upon learning of severe flooding, the Public Safety Dispatcher shall dispatch personnel to investigate the problem area, in off-hour situations, before paging Facility Operations personnel. The Dispatcher shall notify Facility Operations office or staff on duty, during regular hours (7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.), of the flood condition via radio on the Facility Operations channel or phone.
Upon receiving notice from the dispatcher, Facility Operations personnel shall notify building engineers and electricians via radio/phone/or pager of the flood condition and the specific area of concern. Facility Operations personnel shall then:
- Post signage as needed to prevent pedestrian traffic in this potentially hazardous area;
- Ensure that any elevators in the area are relocated above the flood floor if possible;
- Direct appropriate Facility Operations staff for clean-up once engineers/electricians have the problem under control; and
- Remove signage from area upon completion of clean up.
In the event of a tornado or other severe weather, University personnel should advise students, other staff and guests to:
- Close all windows, drapes, blinds and shades;
- Move away from the outside perimeter of the building and toward a safe area on your floor, such as an interior washroom, stairwell, basement or any other interior room - avoiding first floor lobby areas and any other areas with large, glass windows;
- Do not attempt to leave the building;
- Do not get on an elevator; and
- Remain calm and follow the directions of Public Safety personnel.
Closure of the University - Cancellation of Classes
Further information regarding class cancellation or campus evacuation is set forth in Emergency School Closure (3.7). Click the Campus Emergency Operations Plan link to the right for further information.