Emergency Preparedness & Response

Emergency Preparedness & Response

Situated in a northern climate and having some very remote learning centres Northern Lights College has specifics needs that differ significantly than that other colleges in British Columbia.
Northern Lights College recognizes the necessity of being prepared for emergency needs at every campus and that each campus will have specific needs and concerns. This section of the occupational health and safety program is meant to provide direction and guidelines for each campus to create situational response plans for emergency situations.

Drills and Preparedness
The College recognizes that all emergency plans require practice of all participants at different levels in order to be effective. Therefore the joint occupational health and safety committees (JOHSC) will conduct tabletop exercises of the emergency response system at the local level annually at minimum.
Each campus will conduct drills with the following schedules in mind:
Lockdown drills will occur during the periods of weeks 3 and 4 of September and weeks 3 and 4 of February every year.
Fire drills will occur during 2nd week of October and 2nd week of March every year.
Drills and exercises will be documented and all documentation will be reviewed by the local JOHSC as soon as practicable after each drill or exercise. The JOHSC will provide the College with any recommendations to address any deficiencies noted during the drills or exercises.

Emergency Response Guide and Supplementary Instructions
The Emergency Response Flowchart which will compliment section of the OHS program is contained here. The guide consists of a flow chart and supplementary instructions. The Emergency Response Guide is intended to provide all personnel with quick easy to follow instructions for what to do in the event of an emergency. A PDF file for print can be downloaded by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.

Situation Response Reference Plans
Each campus has been charged with the responsibility of creating a quick reference guide to be utilized by instructors and staff. These quick reference guides are to be kept in each classroom as well as frequently utilized rooms and offices. These guides are a quick reference only and not meant to supersede the OH&S Policy and Procedure Manual. It will be the duty of the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committees (JOHSCs) or Worker Representatives to review these documents annually and provide advice on necessary revisions to ensure they always remain current.

-- Created September 2008 | Revised November 2008 | Review Date September 2013| Revised August 2013 --