Emergency Preparedness Week

Emergency Preparedness Week at UCalgary (May 6-9, 2019) offered training and learning sessions for faculty and staff so they can best respond in case of an emergency in the workplace.

The week was hosted by the Risk portfolio and was aligned with National Emergency Preparedness Week, which helps Canadians take real action to prepare themselves and their families for natural or human-induced emergencies. UCalgary sessions were open to all faculty and staff. 

Personal Safety Awareness Training

Personal Safety Awareness Training is the first stop for anyone with an interest in increasing campus safety for themselves and community members.

Training includes strategies to respond to threats and active assailant situations. The course provides an overview of Stop the Bleed kits, naloxone kits, UC Emergency Mobile and other resources available to help keep the UCalgary community safe.

The session includes a screening of the video, Shooter on Campus: Know You Can Survive.

Personal Safety Awareness training is a prerequisite to take Stop the Bleed Training.

Naloxone Training

Learn to recognize and respond to the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose and prepare yourself to save a life.

Training covers: signs of an overdose, rescue breathing, preparing and administering an intramuscular naloxone injection, and assessing naloxone response. Participants will receive a free naloxone kit as part of the Alberta Health Services Community Based Naloxone Program.

Naloxone training and/or kits provided to UCalgary employees are for personal use, and are not provided in conjunction with employment. Employees are not required to administer naloxone as part of their job duties.

Gary McDougall: Enhancing Employee Safety Through Situational Awareness

Gary McDougall, retired police officer and qualified hostage and crisis negotiator, discussed how to use awareness and risk assessment to minimize risk and enhance your safety on and off campus. Participants learned to:

  • identify escalating behaviours
  • identify sources of potential violence
  • increase awareness of personal and business surroundings
  • tap in to intuition, and use it.

Employees left with with new tools to help them respond more quickly and confidently in the event of a potential threat.

Stop the Bleed Training

Learn to effectively use the 80+ Stop the Bleed Kits located across campus, and empower yourself to save a life during an uncontrolled bleeding emergency.

This hands-on training session uses theatrical blood and wound simulators, and rehearses scenarios that some people may find upsetting — use discretion when choosing to participate and wear appropriate clothing.  

Personal Safety Awareness training is a prerequisite to take Stop the Bleed Training.

UC Emergency Communication System Test

Limited channels on the UC Emergency communication system will be tested on May 7, 2019. A test emergency message will be transmitted from UC Emergency Desktop. The message will appear as a pop-up on UCalgary computers.  

Alert Ready Emergency Alert Systems Test

The Alert Ready emergency alert system will be tested in all provinces and territories on May 8, 2019, on TV, radio, and compatible wireless devices. This test is coordinated by the Government of Canada — UCalgary is not involved in the planning or execution of this test.

National Emergency Preparedness Week

After you sign up for UCalgary sessions, check out how the Government of Canada is helping you prepare for power outages, floods, and more.

National Emergency Preparedness Week (May 5-11, 2019) encourages Canadians to take concrete actions to be better prepared to protect themselves and their families during emergencies. This special week is a national effort of provincial and territorial emergency management organizations, and Public Safety Canada.

For more on knowing the risks, making a plan and getting an emergency kit, visit Get Prepared.