Managing and planning for emergencies
Welcome to MIT’s Office of Emergency Management & Business Continuity. We work closely with representatives and volunteers across campus to develop and implement policies, procedures, and programs that help keep the MIT community safe. Our responsibilities include:
Planning and preparedness
Whether we are collaborating with MIT’s departments, labs, centers, and residences or partnering with local, state, and federal emergency management organizations, we’re constantly planning and preparing for emergencies and the unexpected.
Outreach and education
We conduct drills and exercises, train volunteers, conduct education and outreach sessions, and undertake many other activities in a continuous effort to educate our community about potential dangers and how to respond.
Response and recovery
Our office has developed an effective, well-structured process to address emergency situations swiftly and diligently. In an emergency, we are ready to activate and coordinate emergencies that may impact, or have already impacted, the MIT community.
Our office will send out an emergency notification in an emergency that causes an immediate threat to the life safety and health of the MIT community and requires you to take action to stay safe. We use the MIT Alert system to send out immediate information, including the type of emergency, the location of the emergency, and actions you should take to stay safe. MIT Alert gets the word out instantly through texts, emails, voicemails, social media, digital signage boards across campus, and posts on the emergency.mit.net website.
Planning for Institute events and special projects
Throughout the year, we provide emergency preparedness planning and support for a variety of Institute events such as commencement, special visits from dignitaries, and flu season vaccinations at our Cambridge campus.