Step 3. Be prepared for emergencies

The University of Ottawa takes your safety seriously. We’ve done everything we can to ensure your well-being in an emergency. But you have an important role to play as well. In a major crisis, you may have to be self-sufficient for up to 72 hours. Take some time now to explore this website and learn what steps you can take to protect yourself.

Know the risks

A hazard doesn’t have to become a catastrophe. By understanding the potential hazards in our community and learning how to prepare for them, you can go a long way toward reducing the impact of any emergency.

Make a plan

Emergencies happen without warning, leaving little or no time to figure out how to respond. Your best defence is to form a plan with this emergency guide (PDF) BEFORE the emergency occurs. Make sure you not only keep your plan in a safe place, but also review and update it regularly.

Get a kit

You can never tell how long an emergency will last. Do yourself a favour: put together a kit with some basic supplies and store it in a safe place. You never know when it’ll come in handy. 

Accessibility and emergencies

The University takes into account the best interests of all its students and staff, all the time. If you have a disability or a special need, this website applies to you as well. Please acquaint yourself with its contents and then contact us to learn more on how you can protect yourself with a personalized plan.

Also, be sure to check out the Ontario Personal Preparedness Guide (PDF) for people with disabilities or special needs for additional information. If you require an alternative format (braille, e-text, large print) version of these emergency procedures please visit the Alternative formats of uOttawa publications webpage.

KNOW YOUR BUILDING! Be aware of all evacuation routes and manual fire alarms, as well as the evacuation meeting location (PDF) for your building

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