Staying Informed

Access to timely, credible information is of the utmost importance in the event of a campus emergency. MIT emergency planners ask that members of the community note the following:

  • MIT Alert is the Institute’s emergency notification program, designed to provide time-sensitive information (via Institute voicemail, email and text message) for the safety and security of the MIT community.

    To improve MIT's ability to contact you in an emergency, please provide your emergency notification information, including your personal cell phone number and non-MIT email address, if you have one. The information you provide will ONLY be used for life safety and public health emergencies.
  • In the event of an emergency, information and updates will be posted to the MIT Home Page and the emergency phone line (617-253-SNOW). During major emergencies, the MIT Home Page will be linked automatically to the Emergency website.
  • Updates will also be posted to MIT email and voicemail, MIT cable TV (emergency broadcasting system), LCD banners around campus, and MIT Radio (WMBR).
  • In the event that regular communication lines are closed or overloaded, a number of alternative communication channels will be in place. Among them will be radio (WMBR, 88.1 FM), fire alarm broadcasts, and runners who can carry information to highly trafficked locations on campus.
  • Each residence hall has a detailed Emergency Preparedness Plan that includes information on fire alarms, evacuation procedures, meeting points during evacuation, shelter-in-place instructions, fire marshals and other items.
  • Some MIT departments have assigned emergency coordinators for non-residential buildings on campus. These coordinators create and practice emergency action plans regarding many emergency scenarios in their local settings such as fire, hazardous material emergencies and workplace violence.
  • We encourage you to set up and keep with you an individual emergency plan, including phone numbers and email addresses of family and close friends. In the event of a campus emergency, friends and family will be anxious about your status: be sure to be in touch with them. They will be able to access updates on the emergency website and emergency phone line. In the event that the MIT emergency website is not available, a special toll-free phone line will be set up to provide regular status reports during an emergency.

Emergency Information
on-campus: 3-SNOW (3-7669)
off-campus/cell: 617-253-7669

MIT Police
on-campus: 100
off-campus/cell: 617-253-1212

MIT Medical
on-campus: 3-1311
off-campus/cell: 617-253-1311

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