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Emergency Preparedness Program

Evacuation Evacuation

Evacuation is a protective action that may be ordered by emergency officials when there is a significant threat posed to a specific building. Causes of an evacuation could include a fire, bomb threat, chemical release, flood, power outage or violent person(s).

You should evacuate only when instructed to do so by emergency services or York University Security Services. In some cases it may be safer to remain inside (shelter-in-place or lockdown).

Depending upon the circumstances, the fire alarm may be activated if an immediate evacuation is required. All persons are required to exit a building upon hearing a fire alarm. You must leave the building and proceed through the nearest and safest emergency exit. When evacuating a building if you see someone wearing the fluorescent orange or yellow vest and hat, they are trained Emergency Response Wardens – please follow their instructions and follow them out of the building to the designated assembly point. This is for your safety and the safety of those around you.

  • Be aware of where emergency exits are located in buildings
  • Never use the elevators during an evacuation
  • Close doors (unlock) and windows
  • In an immediate life threatening situation leave with a minimum of personal affects (keys, purse, coat etc.)
  • Assist those with special needs
  • Keep clear of fire routes, hydrants and walkways used for emergency vehicles and personnel
  • Do not return to an evacuated building unless told to do so by emergency services or York University Security Services