Safety and Crisis Management

Policies and procedures in the event of an emergency/crisis 

University Crisis Management Master Plan

Dalhousie University is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for it employees, students and visitors. However, extraordinary situations can occur which are outside the realm of the normal day to day ability to achieve this goal.

The University Crisis Management Master Plan has been created to respond quickly and appropriately to a crisis situation. The plan describes the organization, resources, coordination and communications necessary to ensure the continued operations of Dalhousie University under any emergency situation.

For purposes of this plan, a crisis may be defined as:

“An abnormal event or threat of an event of a severity and magnitude that it may result in deaths, injuries, threat of violence/disruptive behavior, property damage and/or environmental damage or significant disruption to the University’s business continuity that will require a coordinated response beyond the routine procedures, resources, and/or authority of Dalhousie University and its employees.”

Emergency response levels

The Dalhousie Crisis Management Master Plan includes three levels of emergency response dependent on the severity of the emergency:

  • Minor Emergency
  • Major Emergency
  • Disaster


The Crisis Management Master Plan provides the authority for emergency response. The Plan authorizes the establishment of an Emergency Management Committee to develop and review the University’s Crisis Management Master Plan on a regular basis. Other provincial acts and regulations require the University to be prepared by having emergency plans such as the National Fire Code, Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, and The Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations.