Campus & Community

Emergency preparedness at Harvard outlined

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The University has received inquiries regarding its level of emergency preparedness as a result of the federal government’s elevation of the Homeland Security threat level. It is important to emphasize that no threats have been made against the University. University police are in regular, coordinated contact with city, state, and federal authorities, and will notify the campus community should there be cause for concern.

Since the Sept. 11 attacks, the University has actively addressed potential security concerns. The Harvard University Police Department is trained and equipped to keep the Harvard community as safe as possible, and the University maintains emergency management teams ready to respond to contingencies that might arise.

In the event of an actual emergency that affects the Harvard community specifically, notification will be made through the Web, e-mail and voicemail. The Harvard Homepage ( will direct users to an emergency page outlining the University’s response. There will also be regularly updated messages on the University’s 24-hour news line, (617) 496-NEWS.