Emergency Level Descriptions

Level 1 - INCIDENT

An isolated critical incident is defined as an occurrence that affects only a small part of the University community or University physical property, and which does not affect the overall functioning capacity of UPEI. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Death or illness of a University community member
  • Small localized fire
  • Small localized hazardous material spill
  • Isolated power outage

Even though an incident may be isolated, it is by no means to be taken lightly. Immediate attention must be given to mitigate the situation as quickly as possible.

Level 2 - MAJOR EVENT

A major critical incident is defined as a serious emergency which completely disrupts one or more operations of UPEI. Examples include, but are not limited to :

  • Fire limited to one building
  • Civil disturbance
  • Widespread power outage or communication system failure
  • Serious crimes (such as assaults, arson)

Outside emergency services, as well as major efforts from various University departments, would be required in a Level 2 emergency. Major policy considerations and decisions would also usually be required. The Senior Management Group would be activated.

Level 3 - CRISIS

A crisis is defined as a University- or city-wide emergency which seriously impairs or halts the operations of UPEI. Outside emergency services would be essential but not always available. Since major policy considerations and decisions would be required, the Senior Management Group and the Emergency Operations Team would be activated. Examples of a Level 3 emergency include, but are not limited to:

  • Major weather event
  • Major fire in more than one building
  • Shooting(s) on campus
  • Major public health crisis