Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness

Legislative History:

Reviewed by President and UEC, May 4, 2005. Approved by Board of Governors: October 24, 2005 Effective: October 24, 2005

Approval Authority: Board of Governors

Signature: Marshall Cohen

Description: Describes the University’s responsibility for and commitment to emergency preparedness, and provides the framework for ongoing implementation of the policy.


York University wishes to protect in advance:

  • the safety and wellbeing of members of the University and visitors to our campuses;
  • University property and infrastructure;
  • the orderly functioning of the University’s academic, research and administrative activities; and
  • the environment.


The University shall develop, implement, and continuously improve an Emergency Preparedness Program that is based on the principles, established by Emergency Management Ontario, as they exist from time to time.  The Program shall apply to all York University campuses and locations, as well as University leased space, and temporary field operations and authorized off-site activities that are under the control of University staff.

Office of Emergency Preparedness

The University shall establish an Office of Emergency Preparedness to implement this policy and to integrate the Emergency Preparedness Program (EPP) within the University’s organizational structure.  The Office of Emergency Preparedness shall plan, manage and continuously improve the Emergency Preparedness Program and shall assist Security Services, Facilities Services, Occupational Health and Safety, other University departments and external emergency response services in the management of and recovery from emergencies as these occur.

The Vice-President Finance and Administration shall have oversight responsibility for the Office of Emergency Preparedness and the implementation of this policy.

York University Emergency Preparedness Program Framework