What to Do in an Emergency
In an emergency, call 617-287-1212 from a cell phone or 911 from campus phones.
Do not ignore fire alarms. If you discover smoke or fire, notify others and leave the building immediately. Do not use elevators during a fire evacuation. Do not stand in catwalks or directly next to an evacuated building. Follow the instructions of campus officials and emergency responders.
Note the presence of blue-light call boxes on campus. Use one of these boxes or call 617-287-1212 from a cell phone or 911 from campus phones to report campus violence. Be aware of your surroundings. Call for a Public Safety escort if you feel unsafe on campus. If you think someone on campus could be prone to violence, please share your concerns with the Dean of Students or a member of the Department of Public Safety.
Wherever you go on campus, make a note of all exit routes. If there is a need to evacuate, remain calm and follow the instructions of university officials and emergency responders. Do not use elevators to evacuate. Persons with special needs should call the Department of Public Safety for assistance and seek shelter in the nearest enclosed stairway.
Know and obey the safety rules for laboratories. Report all hazardous-material spills and releases to the Department of Public Safety. Avoid contaminated areas and obey the instructions of science faculty, lab technicians, and emergency responders.
Have the emergency number for the Department of Public Safety programmed into your cell phone. Call for help if someone is experiencing a medical emergency. Note the location and nature of the emergency. Stay with the person until help arrives if it is safe for you to do so.
Be aware of your surroundings. If you observe something—or someone—out of place, trust your instincts and let a member of the Department of Public Safety know about it. Do not confront a suspicious person or handle a suspicious package or item yourself.
Be familiar with the university’s inclement-weather policy, posted at www.safety.umb.edu. In case of severe weather, monitor www.umb.edu or local TV stations for campus closing information. Closing information will also be provided via our Facebook page and Twitter feed. Additionally, many local TV stations offer a text messaging service for campus closing notices. Do not attempt to reach the campus in severe weather if you feel that it is unsafe for you to do so.
Be aware of your surroundings, ready to report serious leaks, building damage, or power outages. Avoid active construction areas. In an emergency, call 617-287-1212 or 911 from campus phones and avoid the affected area. For non-emergency facilitiesrelated problems, call Customer Service at 617-287-4000.