1. If you see fire, smoke or smell gas; remain calm, warn persons in your immediate area, activate the nearest fire alarm and then leave the building.
  2. If you hear a fire alarm; you MUST immediately leave the building using the nearest safe exit. In case of inclement weather, once outside, evacuees will be directed to a safe and warm location.
  3. Leave the building immediately; do NOT visit lockers or stop to pick up
    personal effects.
  4. Do not use elevators.
  5. If exit is blocked by smoke or fire; use the next nearest available exit.
  6. Move well away from the building; keep all entrances/exits clear to
    facilitate access by emergency personnel.
  7. Do not re-enter the building for any purpose while an alarm is
    sounding. Silencing the alarm doesn’t mean the emergency is over. Do
    not re-enter until authorized by the Fire Department or RRC Security Services.
  8. Persons with mobility restrictions should be assisted to a safe
    location such as a stairway landing. Someone should wait with that
    person while another reports their position to RRC Security Services or fire personnel. 


In the event of a critical incident such as an “active attacker” or significant “threat of violence”, it may become necessary to “lockdown” the campus to protect occupants and minimize the overall exposure to danger.

Notice of a “lockdown” may be broadcast over the Campus Alerting System which includes public address speakers in hallways and large common areas, desktop and text alerts.

If you hear a lockdown order, or if you see or hear a weapon being fired in the building, take the following immediate action:

  • If you are near an exit you may evacuate the building and get as far away as possible.
  • If you cannot evacuate, get to a safe place out of hallways or common areas.
  • Close and lock the door.
  • Sit on the floor or crouch behind desks and be quiet.
  • Stay out of line of sight from windows if possible and barricade the door.
  • Silence cell phones or devices that generate noise
  • DO NOT answer the door
  • Dial 911 only if you have specific information regarding the threat
  • Do not evacuate until contacted by police, campus security or until you receive specific directions over the Campus Alerting System.
  • Should the fire alarm system be activated during a lockdown, remain in place until given instructions over the public address system, unless you see smoke or flames.
  • In case of medical or other emergency during a “lockdown” call 911.

Following a “Lockdown”

  • A staging area will be established for those persons requiring medical care, interviewing or counseling.
  • Information related to the incident should only be relayed to the police department, or RRC Security Services.
  • Be sensitive to the information you provide to others. It may affect the investigation. When in doubt refer all inquiries to police or security.
  • Information will be released to the public and the media as soon as it becomes available.

Lockdown Drills

  • Red River College regularly conducts lockdown drills at Campuses equipped with public address systems. Staff and students will receive plenty of notice in advance of a scheduled drill.

Threatening Behaviour

Red River College has a zero tolerance for violent and threatening behaviour. Removal from a course, practicum, program or the College campus will be immediate for violent incidents or if the safety of College staff or students is threatened. Incidents involving violence or threats of violence must be reported immediately to RRC Security Services.

If you are threatened, or overhear a threat being made, contact RRC Security Services immediately.

Medical Emergency

If you, or someone near you, is injured or suffering a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 first and then RRC Security Services.

RRC Security Services officers are training in first aid and CPR and can assist until an ambulance arrives. RRC Security Services will also meet the ambulance and quickly direct responders to your location.

All injuries that occur as a result of College business MUST be reported to Health Services as soon as possible.

Spills and Hazardous Materials

Students should report all spills to their instructor or supervisor.

Simple Spills

If the shop or lab has the resources, including trained people, department staff and students should clean-up immediately. This depends on the volume, the type and hazard of the material, the specific location and the availability of spill kits and other containment apparatus. A typical example of a simple spill at RRC is a small oil spill in an automotive shop.

Major Spills

Evacuate the area immediately and instruct other to do so. Dial 911 and contact RRC Security Services.

Utility Failure

Electrical Failure

In case of a power failure, remain calm. In most cases you can remain where you are. Most campuses have backup power generators to ensure safety systems remain online.

Please be patient as information on the cause and duration of the utility interruption may take up to one hour to become available. Updates will be issued over the “News Feed” in the Mobile Safety app as they become available.

Prolonged disruptions may result in the cancelling of some programs. Any decisions will be communicated through the Mobile Safety app and the RRC website.


In the case of an interruption to water or sewer service to an RRC campus, Health and Safety staff will monitor the situation closely. As with any utility interruption, it may take up to one hour to determine the cause and time to repair the situation. Prolonged disruptions may result in a cancelling of some programs or classes.

Elevator Emergency

If you become stuck in an elevator, remain calm. You are safe where you are and there is plenty of air.

Use the emergency button to contact RRC Security Services.

Notify security if any persons trapped in the elevator have any injuries or suffer any serious medical conditions.

Bomb Threat

If you receive a bomb threat:

  • Listen carefully
  • Be calm and courteous
  • Do not interrupt the caller
  • Obtain as much information as possible
    • Sex, accent, tone, time, where is it, why
  • Report the incident to RRC Security Services immediately

If you find a suspicious object or device:

  • Do not touch or move the object
  • Do not assume it is the only one.
  • Notify RRC Security Services immediately


If an explosion takes place on campus, take immediate cover away from doors and windows, if possible.


If the fire alarm is activated:

  • Immediately evacuate the building
  • Do not use elevators
  • Stay well away from the affected area and obey instructions of emergency personnel


If the explosion or incident occurs outside the building on or near campus property you may be required to shelter-in-place.

  • Remain where you are.
  • Close all doors and windows and remain inside the building.
  • Do not exit until instructed it is safe to do so.
  • Follow instructions issued over the Campus Alerting System.

Personal Preparedness

Emergencies can occur at any time. We all have a responsibility to prepare for the safety of ourselves and our families.

Everyone is encouraged to have an emergency kit for their home to help them cope for up to 72 hours if assistance is delayed in a major emergency. It is also recommended that you have an emergency kit in your vehicle in case you become stranded.

The links below outline some of the recommended items you should include in any kit to help ensure your and your families safety.

Basic Emergency Kit

A kit should be assembled well ahead of an emergency as you may only have minutes to collect essentials. Creating a basic kit may be as easy as putting together items you already have such as food, water and blankets. Your kit should be in a container that is durable and easy to carry such as a duffle bag or suitcase with wheels. Keep your kit in an easily accessible location and tell all members of your household where the kit is located.

  • Water (two litres per person per day)
  • Food (that won’t go bad such as canned food, energy bars and dried food. Replace food and water once a year.)
  • Manual can opener
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Radio (battery-powered or wind up)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Special needs items
    • prescription medicine
    • infant formula and diapers
    • equipment for people with disabilities
    • pet food and extra water for pets
  • Extra keys for your home and vehicle
  • Cash (small bills such as $10 and change for payphones)

Vehicle Emergency Kit

  • Food, that won’t spoil such as energy bars
  • Water, in plastic bottles so they won’t break if frozen (change every six months)
  • Blanket
  • First aid kit
  • Small shovel, scraper and snowbrush
  • Candle in a deep can and matches
  • Wind-up flashlight
  • Roadmaps
  • Sand, salt or cat litter
  • Antifreeze/winshield washer fluid
  • Tow rope
  • Jumper cables
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Warning light or road flares