A Level 3 emergency occurs only when there is a clear and present emergency within the organization. The declaration of a Level 3 emergency is made by the Director in consultation with the System Emergency Response Team any time (24 hours per day, seven days per week, and 365 days per year). Such a situation will immediately become a top priority for the Board and will supersede all other activities in importance. Response measures will be carried out as under a Level 2 emergency, except:
- the entire System Emergency Response Team will assemble at the earliest opportunity;
- an Emergency Operations Centre will be established at the Catholic Education Centre, 35 Weber St., W., Kitchener, or 480 Dutton Dr., Waterloo, as appropriate.
(Hypothetical Examples: A major natural disaster; a widespread environmental disaster; an outbreak of a deadly infectious disease).
Note: As most situations normally encountered by the Board would fall under Level 1 or Level 2 (and would be handled according to existing Board-wide and school-level policies, protocols and site level emergency plans/lockdown procedures), this System Emergency Response Plan deals primarily with Level 3 emergencies. Should the Catholic Education Centre at 35 Weber St., W., (Kitchener) become unavailable in a Level 3 Emergency, the Board facility at 480 Dutton Drive (Waterloo) will serve as the Emergency Operations Centre.