A lockdown is a protective measure that secures external and internal access points to retain occupants within rooms or spaces for their personal safety. A lockdown both restricts occupants from leaving while preventing access from unauthorized persons.

Upon hearing instructions for a lockdown procedure:

  • Close, lock, and barricade doors.
  • Close window blinds.
  • Stay away from windows.
  • Turn off lights.
  • Turn cell phones and electronic devices to silent.
  • Stay quiet.
  • Do not open door for anyone.
  • Remain in place until door is opened by police, then carefully follow police instructions.

Related instructions:

  • If the fire alarm is activated during a lockdown, remain in your secured space unless you see or smell smoke/fire.
  • Assist those with disabilities or special needs.
  • If caught in an open space during a lockdown, move to a room with a door.
  • If in a washroom during a lockdown, remain there and hide in a cubicle.
  • If in a stairwell during a lockdown, remain there but away from doors.
  • If outside during a lockdown, move away from the building and take safe cover.
  • If possible, note details of the situation to aid police:
    • number of intruders
    • description of intruders
    • types of weapons
    • location and movement of intruders
    • your current locations
    • injuries

Lockdown or lockout?

You may hear both of the above terms and it is important to know that they have distinct meanings:

  • A lockdown is a protective measure securing external and internal access points.
  • A lockout secures unauthorized persons from entering the building.

In Case of Emergency

In the event of an EMERGENCY, dial 911 for Police, Fire or Ambulance.

Make a SECOND CALL to Security at 780.644.6225 (Desk) or 780.991.4573 (Cell), or Facilities at 780.644.6215.