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Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Procedures

Emergencies can happen at any time, often without warning.  It is important to be familiar with Sheridan’s emergency procedures to ensure your safety.  Knowing what to do in an emergency will also make real situations less stressful. 

You can prepare for emergencies by reviewing Sheridan’s emergency procedures and downloading Sheridan Alert on your phone.

 Active Shooter Procedure


  • Assess your situation.  Consider your options.
  • Take action


  • Get out immediately, if you can
  • Move as quickly as possible
  • Evacuate whether others agree to or not


If you can’t get out, find a place to hide

  • Find a secure space
  • Lock and barricade doors. Turn off lights.
  • Be quiet. Hide.


Fighting is your absolute last resort if your life is in imminent danger. It’s your decision.

  • Improvise weapons
  • Be ready to fight for your life


  • If safe to do so call 911, then call Campus Security at extension 4444


  • “All Clear” will be announced through the PA system or Police will provide notice in person when it is safe

Active Shooter Procedure Questions and Answers (PDF, 110Kb) 

Hold and Secure

  • A hold & Secure may occur when there is an ongoing threating situation, such as criminal activity, near campus.
  • Do not exit the building unless instructed to do so
  • Follow directions from emergency personnel

If you require any Sheridan emergency procedures, plans, or public safety information in an accessible format or with communication supports please contact or 905-845-9430 ext. 2879.

Medical Emergency

  • Call Campus Security at extension 4444, then call 911
  • Remain calm and comfort the sick or injured person
  • Provide first aid if you are certified
  • Follow directions from emergency personnel

Severe Weather

  • Be alert for weather warnings from Environment Canada
  • Take shelter
  • Download Sheridan Alert and check the Sheridan website to receive snow day and other weather closure notices

Click here to find out more information about weather-related closures at Sheridan.

Sheridan Alert

Sheridan Alert is the official safety app of Sheridan.  Download Sheridan Alert and receive Sheridan emergency notifications including weather closure messages.

Sheridan Alert allows you to:

  • Receive Sheridan emergency notifications including lockdown alerts and weather closure notices
  • Contact Campus Security
  • Request a Safe Walk
  • Report suspicious activity
  • Review emergency procedures

Sheridan Alert is available for free in the App Store and Google Play.

Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities 

This Emergency Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities / Special Needs was prepared by the Government of Ontario’s Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency management in partnership with the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario.

Emergency Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities (PDF, 2Mb)

Weapons on Campus

A weapon is anything used, designed to be used, or intended for use in causing death or injury to any person, or for the purpose of threatening or intimidating any person. Without restricting the generality of the foregoing, a weapon includes a firearm.

Weapons or imitations thereof are NOT permitted on any Sheridan property except for a demonstrated need in a staged theatre production, classroom presentation, or other expressly approved academic purpose. Under such circumstances, the Manager of Security will be notified in advance of said use. The user will provide the Manager of Security with the following information:

  • User name and contact information
  • Course name, number, and section
  • Date, time, duration, and location of use
  • Type of weapon or imitation thereof
  • Application
  • Approval (Dean or Associate Dean of School)

Any Weapon or imitation thereof to be utilized as stated above will be transported to, from, and within all Sheridan properties in a container appropriate for the specific weapon (or imitation thereof) that is clearly marked as "PROP" and will be secured inside said container when not in use.

If you require any Sheridan emergency procedures, plans or public safety information in an accessible format or with communication supports please contact or 905-845-9430 ext. 2879.