Security & Emergency Preparedness

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During an emergency situation, information will be made available via several

  • The HMS home page, HMS Emergency page, and eCommons will be updated as needed to reflect current situations.
  • An email message may be sent to your HMS email address.
  • If you sign up for text message alerts at you will be automatically notified in the event of an extreme emergency anywhere at Harvard University. A text message-capable cell phone and eCommons ID or Harvard University ID number is required to sign up. Please note that this system will only be utilized during extremely urgent situations that require instant communication.
  • There is a listen-only telephone line dedicated to information about the medical school at (617) 432-6666.
  • There is a university-wide listen-only telephone line at (866) 496-NEWS.

Additional Resources

  • HMS Emergency page
  • Harvard University Police Department urgent response numbers:
    Medical campus: (617) 432-1212
    Main campus: (617) 495-1212
  • Boston Police/Fire/Ambulance emergency number: 911
  • HMS and HSDM Emergency Guide (PDF)
  • Map of the Longwood Medical Area
  • An interactive road map of the Longwood Medical Area



Responding to an Active Shooter situation on campus:

We strongly encourage you to watch an informational video funded by the Department of Homeland Security and produced by the City of Houston. The video portrays a scenario of an active shooter and contains graphic content.

​HUPD active shooter guidelines can also be found at