An "emergency" is defined as any extraordinary event that endangers the Institute's community or operations. An emergency is often unexpected and sometimes tragic. An emergency may also generate community or media interest in the Institute.
An emergency may include, but is not limited to, the following situations. The conditions may present an actual, perceived, or potential threat to the Institute's students, faculty, staff, tenants, visitors, facilities or systems.
- Accidents involving students, faculty or staff
- Bomb threats
- Charlestown or Navy Yard incident requiring mutual aid from the Institute
- Environmental or natural disasters - fires, earthquakes, floods, chemical spills or leaks, explosions etc
- Severe weather incidents
- Medical emergency
- MGH/Partners incident requiring the Institute to play a supporting role
- Political situations - riots, demonstrations, national security alerts, terrorism, etc.
- Violent crime or behavior - robbery, murder, suicide, personal injury (existing or potential), etc.
The MGH Institute has established an Emergency Preparedness Team and a plan to prepare and respond to emergencies or foreseeable or unforeseeable incidents. We recognize that no institution is invulnerable to crisis situations, and accordingly, we evaluate our plan on an ongoing basis to maintain a process that is as responsive as possible to safety threats and other risks.