In the event of a serious emergency on campus, the MacEwan Alert emergency notification system will automatically send information to you via your university email account and, if you have added your mobile number, directly to your mobile device via text message.
We recommend that you prepare now by signing up to receive emergency alerts by text message. You will receive a text message in the event of a campus-wide emergency alert, and you will receive one test message per year.
Prepare for an emergency
You should know:
- Primary and alternative exit routes
- Location of the nearest fire alarm pull-station
- Location of fire extinguishers
Report an Emergency
- Call 911.
- Provide your name, a detailed description of your location and a description of the emergency.
- After calling 911, call security and report the emergency and inform us you called 911. A security officer will be dispatched to the area to assist you and the emergency responders to the incident.
Emergency Planning and Response Plan
MacEwan University maintains and updates a comprehensive emergency planning and response plan.
For information or a copy of the current plan, please contact Janet Dean in the Office of Emergency Management: DeanJ9@macewan.ca
When emergency alarms sound, all building occupants must evacuate the building and go to a Muster Point.
Re-entry to the building is permitted only when the "All Clear" is given (through the automated system or in person by the Chief Warden, Campus Security Services, or the Fire Department). A silenced alarm DOES NOT mean re-enter the building.
Muster Point Maps
In case of Fire
- Activate the fire alarm at the closest pull-station.
- If the fire is small, use a fire extinguisher. Only use a fire extinguisher if you know how. Do not endanger yourself.
- Follow the evacuation procedures and exit via the nearest safe exit.
- Call 911 followed by Campus Security Services and identify the location of the fire.
- Let a Floor Warden and/or Campus Security know of individuals still in the building.
If you hear a fire alarm
- Carefully listen and follow the instructions over the Public Address (PA) system.
- Leave the area by the nearest floor exit. Do Not Use the Elevator.
- Close doors behind you, but do not lock them.
- Follow instructions by Floor Wardens, Campus Security, and/or staff.
- Proceed to the nearest Muster Point
- Do not re-enter the building until the All Clear is given.
NOTE: If you require additional assistance to evacuate or relocate, go to the nearest stairwell exit. Use your cell phone to call 911 and/or Campus Security Services and provide your location. In addition, ask others who are evacuating to advise emergency personnel of your location. Do not obstruct stairwell access while waiting for assistance.
If you cannot evacuate due to fire or smoke
- Close the doors between you and the fire.
- Call 911 then Campus Security Services and identify your location.
- Stuff damp material, if available, around any openings to prevent smoke from coming in.
Many types of potential emergencies could occur outside of MacEwan facilities that require you to remain inside a building instead of evacuating. These emergencies could include the following:
Hazardous Material Release
When hazardous (including chemical, biological or radiological) materials have been released into the atmosphere, a decision to Shelter-In-Place may be the safest action.
- Stay inside the building and close windows and doors.
- Encourage everyone to immediately go into rooms away from large public areas.
- Pull down blinds, turn off lights and any other electronic equipment.
- Turn off anything that moves air (Facilities will turn off the air intake to the buildings).
- Await further instructions and/or until the All Clear is given.
A weather event such as a tornado or severe wind during normal operating hours of the university may necessitate that you Shelter-In-Place until the threat has passed.
- Take shelter in a stairwell, building basement or small interior room, or hallway.
- Stay away from outside walls, windows and doors.
- Do Not Use the Elevator.
- Avoid large rooms, if possible.
- Stay close to the ground and protect your head from flying objects.
If you do not have a “Safe Area” in your building and do not have time to get to another suitable building:
- Get under a piece of sturdy furniture, such as a heavy table or desk, and hold on to it.
- Use your arms to protect your head and neck.
If outdoors and shelter is not available or there is no time to get indoors:
- Lie in a ditch or low-lying area or crouch near a strong building.
- Be aware of the potential for flooding.
- Use your arms to protect your head and neck.
An active threat is any act of violence by any person who poses an imminent threat that could cause death or serious injury. An active threat can happen anywhere and it is important to know what to do because these incidents can be unpredictable and may evolve very quickly.
Everyone should be familiar with building layouts and escape paths to exits.
- If safe to do so, move quickly away from the area and threat.
- Warn others if possible.
- If you come across an injured person, do not stop, but report the location to emergency personnel.
- Call 911 when it is safe to do so, and provide as much information as possible.
- If you cannot escape, find a safe place to hide.
- Lock and barricade the door.
- Turn off lights and close all windows and blinds.
- Remain calm and quiet, and silence your mobile phone.
- Stay out of sight and do not open the door under any circumstances.
- Remain in place until emergency personnel arrive at your location to provide assistance and directions to leave.
- Do not leave your hiding place if the fire alarm sounds, unless you are in imminent danger of a fire.
- As a last resort, fight for your life.
- Act with as much aggression and physical force as possible towards the person causing you harm.
- Commit to your actions and stop the threat.