Active threat

In an active threat situation, one or more individuals pose an immediate danger.

An active threat may carry a firearm or other weapon that can cause harm.

These situations can be unpredictable and scary. The information on this page is aligned with RCMP procedures and will help you know what to do if faced with an active threat.

Here's what to do if...

RRU alerts you to an active threat situation

The moment RRU becomes aware of an active threat situation, the RRU emergency response team will take action. 

You will receive an email with instructions that may ask you to:

Note: RRU is implementing a new campus-wide security system in 2023/24. The way we communicate active threats will be significantly improved very soon. We’ll update this webpage closer to the time the system will be turned on.

Here's what to do if...

You become aware of an active threat situation on campus

Act fast if you become aware of an active threat situation unfolding on campus:

  • Quickly determine the best way to keep yourself safe and call 9-1-1 if it is safe to do so.
  • Follow instructions from the 9-1-1 operator. Provide details, e.g., your location, information about the assailants, information about injuries.
  • If you are safe and able, call RRU Campus Security at 250-391-2525.

How to protect yourself

Review these options for ways to protect yourself in an active threat situation:

In an active threat situation, remember to:

  • Remain calm.
  • Escape if you can, hide if you can't, fight if you must.
  • Follow the instructions of police, Campus Security and RRU emergency personnel.
  • Review this material regularly to hone your instincts in an active threat situation.