About Personal Preparedness

The following advice from emergency planners can help MIT students, staff and faculty, and their families, be prepared in the event of an emergency that takes place at MIT or at home.

Tips on how to prepare at MIT:

  • Sign up for MIT Alert by adding your cell phone number and non-MIT email address, if you have one, to your WebSIS or Employee Self-Service (ESS) profile. This will improve MIT's ability to contact you in life safety or public health emergencies. Remember to check your information periodically to ensure it is up-to-date.
  • Always keep emergency numbers close at hand: At MIT, dial 100 from any campus phone, or 617-253-1212 from a cell phone or off campus. The MIT Police recommend that you program this number (617-253-1212 ) into your cell phone.
  • Prepare an emergency kit.
  • Review your building’s evacuation plans - review protocols for "sheltering-in-place" or evacuating the campus. Contact the Environment, Health and Safety Office for more information (617-452-3477).
In the event of an emergency at MIT:
  • Call the Emergency Information phone line (617-253-SNOW) or visit the MIT emergency website for up-to-date information
  • Follow directions given by MIT emergency personnel (floor leaders, building coordinators and MIT police).

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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