Lockdown drills slated for mid-September

In mid-September, Douglas College will hold lockdown drills at both the New Westminster and Coquitlam Campuses, and Anvil Office Tower, to show you how to stay safe in the event of a violent intruder on campus.

What will the drills be like?

On the day of the drill, there will be additional security guards on site, social media and posters advising you that the drill will occur on that day. The drill will commence with the lockdown alert issued over the public address (PA) system. Follow the instructions announced and, if possible, immediately go to the nearest room. Once inside:

  • Lock and barricade the door.
  • Close and cover windows.
  • Turn out all lights and audio equipment.
  • Stay low and stay quiet.
  • Turn cellphones to silent (not vibrate).

If you are in an open space, such as the cafeteria or concourse, or unable to lockdown, quickly exit the building. If you are outside when the drill starts, or is in progress, remain outside and move away from the building. Follow the directions of police, security and College personnel.

Once the drill is over, you will receive an all-clear message. Upon receiving the all-clear message, it is OK to return to your regular campus activities.

Why are we doing this?

At Douglas College we take your personal safety on our campuses seriously. Although an incident of serious violence on campus is unlikely, we must take steps to plan, practise and prepare.

When will the drills happen?

The next drills are scheduled for mid-September. We’ll advise you of the specific date of the drills closer to the event.

How should I prepare?

Visit douglascollege.ca/lockdown for details about the College’s Lockdown Procedures. Check out the Lockdown Procedures posted in all classrooms and meeting rooms.

Sign up for DC Alerts, an emergency communication system which sends alerts to your email and mobile phone in case of an emergency situation on campus (including closures due to inclement weather).

Still have questions?

Contact Nancy Constable, Director, Safety, Security and Risk Management, at 604 527 5828.

You can also watch our lockdown preparation video here:

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