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College is a time for learning, personal growth, and fun. For many it’s also the first extended time away from the relative security of home. We want everyone to enjoy their college years safely, and call upon everyone to prepare for the possibility of disasters and emergencies.

  1. Every entering undergraduate student is handed a copy of the Emergency Response Guide. That little hole in the top left is so you can hang it someplace accessible for easy access. Keep it in a safe place, and know where you can find it if you need to refer to the information contained within. You can request another print copy online.
  2. Work with your family to develop a Family Emergency Plan. This will help you to communicate to your family if Tufts is affected by disaster. This could also help you be in touch with your family if your hometown is affected by disaster.
  3. Sign up for the TuftsAlert. Don’t ignore the opportunity to provide your contact info – it could be the most important few minutes of your semester.
  4. Stay safe with the right stuff. Supplies should be stored in an easy to carry bag or backpack, and should be ready to grab every time you have to evacuate.
    • A flashlight and fresh batteries are invaluable in the event of a power outage.
    • Extra supply of prescription medications, spare eyeglasses, first-aid kit.
    • Non-perishable snacks.
    • Important emergency numbers/contacts.

Public Safety Services

You can learn about the full spectrum of safety programs at Tufts in our annual publication, Public Safety, published in October of each year.

Personal Safety and Security

Tufts’ campuses in Massachusetts are patrolled by the more than 40 sworn officers of the Tufts University Police Department, which is one of only eight* accredited campus law enforcement agencies in the state. Learn more at

Fire Safety

Tufts has shown leadership in fire safety, in 2003 being among the first in Massachusetts to equip every university residence building with sprinkler systems and updated fire alarm systems. Fire evacuation drills are conducted twice a year. Learn more

Emergency Medical Care

Augmenting the services of Tufts University Health Service and Counseling & Mental Health Service, the volunteer EMTs of state-licensedTufts Emergency Medical Services (TEMS) are prepared to respond to medical emergencies 24/7 while school is in session (on the Medford/Somerville campus).

Safety Awareness Education

Operation Awareness

All incoming students attend an orientation session titled “Operation Awareness”, during which the University Police present important information about keeping one’s self and belongings safe from crime, fires and other emergencies. Similar information is also presented to all new employees.

Emergency Response Guide

A guide detailing steps to take in an emergency is available online at Print copies are also available. Members of the Tufts community are encouraged to review the material ahead of time, and keep the guide book or web site address handy for reference in an emergency.

* As of May 2013