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Emergency Preparedness Week

May 5-11, 2019 is Emergency Preparedness week in Canada and it is a good time to remind ourselves of the emergency preparedness and response information that is available to you here at Queen's University.


Here at Queen's, there are many people who work to ensure a safe, healthy environment for our students, staff, faculty and visitors.  The Emergency Response Procedures can be viewed on the Campus Security and Emergency Services website.  While you are there, please consider bookmarking the page for easy access or printing a copy for your desk or workplace.

Queen's also has an Emergency Management Plan (PDF) to ensure that the University is prepared in the event of a broad range of emergencies.  We are currently in the midst of reviewing this plan to ensure that, in the event of an emergency,  we continue to provide the most appropriate response to the campus community.

This is also a good time to remind yourself how the University's Emergency Notification System works and what it sounds like if it ever was activated in the event of an emergency.

Queen's Environmental Health and Safety has information on their emergency procedures and plans page on the following topics:

  • Procedures for reporting incidents and accidents
  • Guidance for the preparation of individualized workplace emergency response plans for employees who have a disability that requires accommodation
  • A template to create lab specific emergency response procedures
  • Out of country emergencies

Periodically this week, Campus Security and Emergency Services will be sending out information to help you be prepared for certain situations at home or in your community.  There will be supplementary posts on our social media accounts, so please give us a follow on our FacebookInstagram and Twitter pages.


In the event of an emergency on the Kingston campus, Campus Security and Emergency Services (CSES) will use several channels to alert the community.

Emails:  For major incidents, CSES will send a mass email to all members of the University community; you do not need to subscribe.  Less urgent situations will be communicated through our subscription-based Security Alert email list.

Emergency Notification System:  Queen’s on campus ‘real-time’ Emergency Notification Systems (ENS) disseminates clear information before, during and after emergency situations.  A public address system using a siren signal followed by voice instructions will alert the campus community to take shelter and if safe to do so, check one of the current Emergency Notification platforms for information and instructions.

SeQure:  SeQure is a mobile safety app for the Queen's community.  It provides quick access to campus resources and services such as a Personal Safety Toolbox, WalkHome, and Work Alone.  It also includes information for Emergency Contacts and Emergency Planning to help further enhance your security.

We performed a test of the Push Notification in the SeQure app at noon. Didn't get the notification?

  1. Make sure the app in downloaded and up to date
  2. Check that the Push Notifications are enabled.
  3. Check that your phone software settings allow Push Notifications

And please stop by our Facebook, and/or Twitter pages to let us know if you received the Push Notification! We have a poll up on both sites.


Today for Emergency Preparedness we're focusing on resources to help you be prepared for emergencies at home and in your community. The Government of Canada's Get Prepared website has Three Steps to Emergency Preparedness:

  1. Know the Risks. Although the consequences of various disasters can be similar,it is important to prepare for hazards and emergencies that are more likely to occur in your region. 
  2. Make a Plan. Every Canadian household needs an emergency plan - this includes where to meet, how to get in touch, and emergency contact information.
  3. Build a Basic Emergency Kit. Kits include water, important documents, extra keys, and other essential items you might not be able to grab quickly when an emergency occurs. Click here to find a list of a basic emergency kit and suggestions for additional items you may need.

All of this is contained in the Emergency Preparedness Guide as well, if you'd prefer it all in one document.

Other helpful links and guides:

Thank you for taking part in Emergency Preparedness Week 2019! 


If you do not have our SeQure app, please click on the following links to download it on iOS, Android or BlackBerry.

App Store SeQure App Link

Google Play SeQure App Link

Blackberry App World SeQure App Link