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Preparedness at Work

Being prepared at an educational institution is especially important for faculty and staff, since students may look to you as an authority figure and for guidance on how to react in an emergency. Fortunately there are easy steps for you to be personally ready, and to help your department to prepare.

  1. Have a copy of the Emergency Response Guide accessible in your workspace. Refer to it for first aid, safety information, spill cleanup, and many other important topics. Previous editions have a black cover. Since 2008 copies of this guide have been distributed en masse to departments, every new staff member receives a copy at employee orientation, and every new undergraduate receives a copy at move-in. Request your own copy online if you don’t have one.
  2. Know the emergency phone number for your campus. From any Tufts campus telephone dial x66911 for all police, fire or medical emergencies. See the the Emergency Response Guide online or the print back cover for wireless emergency and non-emergency numbers for all three campuses.
  3. Sign up for the Tufts Emergency Alert System to get important messages during significant emergencies.
  4. Learn the steps you should take to be accountable for your actions during an incident by completing emergency preparedness training.
  5. Know two ways out from your office or rooms where you spend time. Think about how you would escape if your usual path is blocked, or if blinding smoke left you unable to see. Visit Fire Safety for tips.
  6. Work with your department administrator on the development of a continuity plan, to help protect vital records and research and to assist your department to carry on or quickly resume critical functions.
  7. Contact us if you’re interested in a preparedness presentation for your department.

Preparedness at Home

  1. Visit for tips on preparing yourself and your family.
  2. Visit the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency for advice specific to the commonwealth.
  3. Contact your local emergency management agency page for information about hazards and preparedness in your community. Links for communities near the Tufts campuses are provided.