Emergency Plans

UBC’s Emergency Response Plan identifies lines of authority, critical responsibilities, key responders and essential resources.

UBC Emergency Response Plan

What does the emergency response plan identify?

UBC’s Emergency Response Plan identifies lines of authority, critical responsibilities, key responders and essential resources. The plan is based on the provincial model referred to as the British Columbia Emergency Management System (BCEMS) and is tested annually through campus-wide emergency scenarios.

It is supplemented with departmental fire and safety plans, continuity plans and other operational resiliency measures.

In the event of a large-scale emergency occurring on campus, the University will activate the UBC’s Emergency Response Plan and its Emergency Operations Centre to coordinate campus and community response as well as recovery activities.
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UBC Seismic Upgrade Plan

What is in the works for seismic upgrades?

Since the last major survey in 2012, UBC has invested over $200 million in seismic upgrades. During this time there have been significant new scientific developments—including the increased understanding of the active faults in the Pacific Northwest—as well as a number of global earthquakes that have revealed previously unknown building deficiencies resulting in new, enhanced building codes.

In 2016, UBC hired ARUP, a multinational professional services company, to provide a comprehensive review. The goal was to create a prioritized action plan for the buildings, utilities, and operations of our campus using the work of UBC’s preeminent seismic researchers as well as the most current thinking in seismic engineering, building resilience, and business continuity.

Our vision is to pursue the creation of a disaster-resilient university, one that is able to withstand impacts of possible hazard events without harm to people, unacceptable losses to property, or interruptions to our mission. Our updated roadmap and vision was approved by the UBC Board of Governors in June 2016.

In April of 2017, we provided the board with a progress report outlining activities to date. We returned in September 2017 with a detailed report outlining a recommended approach for buildings, operations, and utilities.

For more information, visit UBC Infrastructure Development.

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Building Emergency Response Plan (BERP)

What is a BERP?

All UBC buildings must have their own Building Emergency Response Plan (BERP).

A BERP helps ensure the safety of building occupants through fire prevention and emergency evacuation and ensures compliance to the BC Fire Code. It provides a checklist of procedures for responding to, and reporting, an emergency as well as assists in the recruitment and training of Building Emergency Directors and Building Floor Wardens.
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How do you create a BERP?

Risk Management Services has developed a BERP Template (WORD). Please note that this was updated in July 2018 to reflect the new requirements provided by Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services. Your building’s Local Safety Team (LST) or Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committee (JOHSC) should have a copy of this document available with content specific to your building/area.

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Continuity Plan

What is a continuity plan?

Continuity Planning (CP) is an integrated process that involves the development and implementation of activities that provide for the continuation and recovery of critical service delivery and operations in the event of a disruption.

The vision is to have a comprehensive process through which the University may implement continuity of operations procedures, and undertake recovery activities following an emergency situation. Risk Management Service’s role is to assist and support the development and systematic review of Continuity Plans.
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How do you start on developing a continuity plan?

Risk Management Services will facilitate the process with your department beginning with an orientation session with the Continuity Planning Associate, using an online tool – UBC Ready to develop, store and implement your continuity plans.
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What do I need to start this process?

Your department will need a plan champion, someone in your department to lead the planning effort, and a team of key people who know the department well enough to understand its functions and priorities. You will also require a computer with access to the internet.
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What are the phases for continuity planning?

There are four phases to creating a continuity plan for your department in UBC Ready. The steps are as follows:



Continuity Planning
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What additional information is useful before starting?

Continuity Plans are evergreen documents created by an iterative process of review, revise, and repeat. The initial creation of a plan can take from eight to ten weeks. Review your critical functions and requirements as a start to the process.

How do I get an account in UBC Ready?

Requesting an account is easy. Simply go to this link: UBC Ready and click on the create new account button. The Continuity Planning Associate can also assist you with getting an account.

Who can have access to a plan?

For security reasons, access to your unit’s Continuity Plan is restricted to those persons specifically authorized for your plan.

What is the role of a plan gatekeeper?

The role of the plan gatekeeper is to ensure that access to a plan is given only to those who should have it. Gatekeepers control the membership of the group. In UBC Ready, the creator of the plan is automatically a gatekeeper. RMS strongly recommends that the gatekeeper be the plan champion and the prime contact for UBC Continuity Planning.

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