Emergency Procedures

You will typically be notified of an emergency by an evacuation alarm, UPEI SAFE, email, text or intercom, and must be prepared to act if you are the first person to discover, or to be affected by, the emergency.

You should always take action to ensure your own safety. Once you are safe, you should ensure that others in the area are aware of the emergency as well.

Emergency procedures may include

  • Evacuation
  • Seeking shelter
  • Lockdown

Evacuation Procedures and Assembly Points

Each building has a designated Chief Evacuation Warden who is responsible for developing and maintaining an effective evacuation plan. This includes holding drills and communicating the plan, including primary and secondary assembly points, to members of the building through departmental meetings. Buildings also have a designated Floor or Area Warden(s) with alternates, as well as designated Guardians, who are responsible for assisting disabled persons.

In the event that a building evacuation is necessary (SAFETY AND TIME PERMITTING):


  • Activate the nearest PULL STATION.
  • Call 9-911, if possible.
  • Advise Security Dispatch of the emergency by calling 4357 (HELP) or 566-0384.
  • Secure personal and University assets, if possible.
  • Lock security-sensitive areas, if possible.
  • Do a Floor Sweep to ensure that everyone is aware of the situation.
  • Take personal property.
  • Remember that Mobility and Special Needs individuals may need assistance.
  • Gather at the designated assembly point.


  • Assume that the alarm is false.
  • Re-enter the building until told to do so by Security officers.
  • Leave the designated assembly point area.


Is the response required for situations when there are no immediate threats to the safety of the occupant but certain steps must be taken to remain safe. 

  • Move inside a building immediately. 
  • Close and lock all windows and doors. 
  • Ensure all persons in the immediate area are instructed not to leave the building.
  • Enter an interior room and seal the room (doors, windows, and vents) with towels, plastic, or tape for further protection, if possible. 
  • Turn off all A/C, ignition and heat sources. 
  • Cover mouth with a cloth and try not to inhale gases, fumes, or smoke. 
  • Provide public safety officials with information about the spill, chemical (if known) and the spill area. 
  • All persons are to Shelter in Place until advised that it is safe to leave the building by emergency officials


A lockdown of a building or group of buildings is an emergency procedure intended to secure and protect occupants who are in the proximity of an active and immediate threat. This procedure is used when it is more dangerous to evacuate a building than stay inside.

How to respond to an active threat:

  • Outside – RUN
  • Do not run into a building
  • Escape quickly and seek refuge
  • Help others and warn others around you
  • Follow direction from UPEI Security and other emergency personnel
  • Inside – Seek Refuge
  • Remain in, or find, a room that can be secured from the inside. If the door
  • cannot be locked, do your best to barricade it
  • Contact 911 and provide details when it is safe to do so
  • Close and secure windows, blinds and curtains and stay away from them
  • Turn off lights and audio equipment
  • Take cover behind walls, furniture, or in a corner out of sight of windows
  • Turn cell phone ringer to silent and be quiet
  • Stay where you are until UPEI Security or other emergency personnel come and get you.
  • During a lockdown, if a fire alarm rings, DO NOT leave the room unless you smell smoke or see fire


Emergency Preparedness

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