Emergency Management – Lockdown drills

Lockdown drills

Durham College and Ontario Tech are committed to maintaining a safe campus environment. As part of this commitment, emergency lockdown drills will be held at the following times:

  • Joint north campus – Tuesday, October 30 at 9:45 a.m.
  • Downtown Ontario Tech campus –Wednesday, October 31 at 9:45 a.m.
  • Whitby Campus and W. Galen Weston Centre for Food – Thursday, November 1 at 9:45 a.m.
  • Pickering Learning Site – Thursday, November 1 at 1:45 p.m.

The following is a description of the drills:

  • A campus-wide voice mail message will be sent as a reminder of the drill prior to start of drill.
  • A warning message will be broadcast on the campus PA system 15 minutes prior to the start of the drill. This message will be repeated several times.
  • Upon hearing the announcement, students, faculty and staff will follow the procedures listed below. These procedures can also be found on the Emergency Guideline posters found on campus and on flyers being distributed the morning of the drill.
  • Once the drill is complete, the all-clear will be given over the PA system and the campus will return to normal activities.

Lockdown announcement

A lockdown announcement will be made over the PA system.

Once a lockdown is announced, follow these instructions:

  • Remain in or go to the nearest room.
  • Close, lock or barricade the door.
  • Turn off the lights and stay out of sight.
  • Remain quiet and turn off cellphone ringer.
  • Account for everyone in the room.
  • Wait for further instruction.
  • Do not open the door for anyone.
  • Do not use cellphones or safety phones unless you have information about the threat.

If the fire alarm sounds during the lockdown:

  • Assess your area for signs of fire.
  • If no sign of fire, remain in lockdown.
  • If signs of fire, evacuate if safe to do so.
  • If you choose to evacuate, use the safest exit.

The college and university realize an exercise of this nature can be an unwanted distraction however it is necessary to maintain the highest level of safety and security for students, staff and visitors. We also understand this experience may be unsettling for some individuals therefore counselling services will be offered by the Campus Health Centre following the drills.

The campus will be closed during the drills and traffic will not be permitted to enter or leave the premises. Please keep this in mind when scheduling meetings with internal or external parties during this time frame.

The Office of Campus Safety will also be using the Campus Incident Response Emergency Notification System (CIRENS) to notify staff, faculty and students during the lockdown exercise. Students are encouraged to follow the college or university on Twitter to receive CIRENS messages, not only for this exercise, but for all emergent situations on campus.

Employees and students can provide feedback on the drill itself via the feedback form.