The fundamental goal of the emergency management program is to minimize the effects of disasters and help the university to remain focused on its chief missions: teaching, research, patient care and public service. This is achieved in five recognized phases: Prevention by avoiding an incident or to intervene to stop an incident from occurring. Preparedness through planning, training, and community awareness. Response when disasters strike, coordinating university resources with local, state and federal resources to save lives, protect property, and protect the environment. Recovery, maintaining critical functions and resuming core mission as quickly as possible after a disruption. Mitigation, taking steps to reduce risks or lessen the effect of disasters when they do occur.
The Tufts University Office of Emergency Management is a fully-accredited program under the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP). As of November 2023, Tufts OEM has been accredited twice, adhering to a set of standards used to foster excellence and accountability in emergency management programs across the country.