Emergency Preparedness


WPI’s Emergency Preparedness Manual describes the established policies, procedures, and administrative direction to be followed by the appropriate Emergency Response Team to respond promptly and effectively in the case of a natural disaster or other emergency occurring on the WPI campus.


Action taken is to ensure:

Guiding Principles

WPI is committed to the welfare of its students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Its emergency preparedness plan is designed to respect this commitment; to maximize human safety and survival; to minimize danger; to preserve university property; to restore normal working conditions; and to assure responsive communications within the university community and to our surrounding neighborhoods, the broader Worcester community, and media outlets.

WPI’s emergency plan is enacted whenever a natural disaster or other emergency affects the university. This plan is a tool for the university to accomplish its stated purposes efficiently and effectively, with a minimum of confusion, and with the best interests and safety of our community members in mind.

Copies of the plan shall be maintained in the offices of the President, Provost, Chief Financial Officer, Dean of Students, Chief Information Officer, Campus Police Department, Facilities Office, Marketing and Communications Office and the Human Resources Office.

WPI’s Emergency Preparedness Manual is reviewed annually and updated as necessary.

Communications Plan


Communication Systems at WPI include Web postings, e-mail broadcast, voicemail, text message, and print notification. In the event of an emergency situation that involves the campus community, the division of Marketing and Communications serves as the key communications function between the university and critical internal/external agencies. Communications will be executed utilizing print and electronic media by Marketing and Communications, which disseminates updates and information to the community containing specific instructions or actions to be taken. Fire alarms may be used in an immediate emergency to evacuate a building. In the event that electronic forms of notification are inoperable, notification may be posted in public areas of the campus or announced using portable loud speakers.

The university provides notification about serious crime or local crime that poses a threat to its community by posting safety advisories to the Emergency Preparedness home page at http://www.wpi.edu/+emergency. In the event of a power outage, alerts will be posted in public areas.


Additional Excerpts from Emergency Preparedness Manual

Emergency Phone Numbers

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