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Active Attacker Drills Taking Place in September

Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber take the safety of our community seriously. As part of that commitment to safety, Humber will conduct its annual active attacker drills in September 2023.

The goal of these drills is to test our procedures and ensure community members know and understand what to do in the unlikely event of an active threat on any of our campuses or locations. Active attacker drills take place every year during the third week of September. Please see the 2023 drill information below:  

  • Tuesday, September 26 - 10:10 a.m. and 7:15 p.m. - North Campus, all buildings including 110 and 30 Carrier Drive
  • Saturday, September 30 - 9:30 a.m. at Lakeshore Campus and 11 a.m. at North Campus

Prior to the drill beginning, an announcement will be made using the public address system, where possible, to let community members know immediately before the drill is about to start.

Please note that during the drill, the actual active attacker message will be played – not a test message. This is to familiarize the community with the message they would hear during a real incident. DO NOT call 911 or public safety during the drill unless you have a real emergency.

During the drill, all activity on campus is to stop and community members should follow the Active Attacker Response procedures: run, hide, defend. During the drill, only the “run” and “hide” parts of the response will be tested. Once the drill is complete, an announcement will be made on the public address system advising that the drill is over and normal activities can resume. Drills are expected to last between 10 to 15 minutes.

Location-specific information pertaining to the drills will be shared with the communities at the IGS and Lakeshore ahead of the drills.

It is important to note that, due to the nature of the drills, some community members may experience stress related issues before, during, or after the drills. Support services are available for students through Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre (SWAC) and staff through EFAP. Anyone requiring support is encouraged to reach out to the appropriate team.

The Active Attacker Response procedures can be found on the Department of Public Safety website. Also, look for the Active Attacker Response posters located in classrooms, lecture halls and private meeting spaces across campus.

Please note that online Active Attacker training is also available. The training is approximately 30 minutes in length.

All community members are encouraged to take the training prior to the drills to ensure they know how to properly respond.

If you have any questions please contact Kathy Branton, manager of Business Continuity and Emergency Management at or 416.675.6622 x5550.

Rob Kilfoyle
Director, Public Safety and Emergency Management