If an emergency threatens the safety of those inside a uOttawa building, people in the threatened area may be instructed to evacuate.

What is an evacuation?

An evacuation is a precaution in which everyone leaves the threatened area and goes to the safest and closest refuge.


  • Remain calm.
  • Close all doors on your way out and take your keys.
  • Turn off all electrical and open-flame equipment.
  • Leave the area by the nearest and safest exit available.
  • If the nearest route is blocked or unsafe, use an alternate route; don’t use elevators.
  • Be wary of possible dangers along your exit route; test doors for heat in case of fire.


  • Don’t return to the evacuated area until it’s declared safe by campus authorities.
  • Don’t use your cell phone unless you’re reporting an emergency or it’s absolutely necessary; using cell phones increases the demand on cellular network towers, and emergency responders and those in need of immediate assistance will be relying on those towers.

When is evacuation necessary?

Emergencies that may require an evacuation include:

  • fires
  • bomb threats
  • releases of dangerous goods inside the building you’re in (chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear contaminants, for example)
  • structural damage.

KNOW YOUR BUILDING! Be aware of all evacuation routes and manual fire alarms, as well as the evacuation assembly points for your building:

- Residences

- Main Campus

- Other Campuses


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