Office of Emergency Management and Business Continuity

Office of Emergency Management and Business Continuity

Are you prepared?

If you have any questions regarding safety policies or procedures, contact the Office of Emergency Management (617.287.6821).

Campus Wide Evacuation Plan 

UMass Boston's Campus Wide Evacuation Plan will be activated in the event of a confirmed threat to the UMass Boston campus. This plan helps ensure a safe, orderly and efficient evacuation off of the Columbia Point Peninsula.  

Download the Campus Wide Evacuation Map to familiarize yourself with the evacuation routes outlined in the plan.    

Departmental Preparedness Checklist 

This Checklist for Departments outlines steps that faculty and staff members can take to ensure that their department is able to respond to emergency situations in a quick and efficient manner.  

My Personal Emergency Plan

"My Personal Emergency Plan" prompts all members of the University's network to ask pertinent questions that will help ensure preparedness before an emergency situation occurs:

  • Who will you call?
  • Where will you go if you cannot go home?
  • If you cannot leave your home, do you have enough emergency supplies?

Before an emergency occurs, thinking about phone numbers, meeting places, and supplies you may need will allow you to focus your attention on the actual emergency, if or when it happens. Download this document and use it to develop your own personal emergency plan.  Share this plan with your family members and be sure to update it annually.  

Emergency Operations Plan

The campus Emergency Operations Plan is an all-hazards response plan that follows the National Incident Management System/Incident Command System (ICS) approach to emergency management. This system provides a consistent, nationwide template to enable public and private-sector organizations to work together effectively and efficiently to prepare for, prevent, respond to, and recover from domestic incidents, regardless of cause, size, or complexity. Incident Command is established by the senior responder from the appropriate response area.  

This plan proposes five emergency levels. For small-scale level one emergencies, the incident is resolved at the department level and appropriate notifications are sent out. For larger emergencies, the Incident Commander, as part of his/her notification to leadership, signals the need for expanded university response. Under ICS, the Incident Commander is directly in charge of incident stabilization. University Leadership (i.e. the Chancellor's Policy Group) is responsible for policy decisions, and bears responsibility for the overall resolution of the incident. The Policy Group is in regular contact with Incident Command, and works with the Public Information Officer (Communications) and Liaison (Government Relations) to ensure that appropriate communications are maintained. The Incident Command System allows the campus response to be organized into sections focused on separate but related activities, all reporting up to the Incident Commander, who in turn, works with the Chancellor’s Policy Group to stabilize the situation and ensure continuity of operations.

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Are You Getting the Message?

Sign up for emergency alerts. You'll get text messages, emails, and phone calls if the university is closed or there's an emergency on campus. Read More 

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Healey Library Evacuation Plan

Know how to get out of the Healey Library in an emergency. Learn the procedure for fire alarm drills and download must-have info. Read More 

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Wheatley Hall Evacuation Plan

Know how to get out of the Wheatley Hall in an emergency. Learn the procedure for fire alarm drills and download must-have info. Read More