Methods of notification: 

  • If there is a hazardous condition which requires you to shelter-in-place, you may be notified through any of the following means:
    • Email 
    • Text messaging
    • Phone messages and voicemail
    • Face-to-face verbal communication
    • Public address system of a building or emergency vehicle
    • AM/FM radio broadcast
    • Television broadcast
    • NOAA/NWS weather radio broadcast

If you are outdoors:

  • Remain calm. 
  • Immediately move into the nearest buildingalerting others in the area to the warning. 

Once you are indoors:

  • Remain calm. 
  • Follow responder instructions.
  • Locate a nearby room, preferably in the interior of the building with the fewest number of windows and doors.
  • Secure the room.
  • Stay away from the doors and windows.
  • If you are only calling to report your location, call HMS/HSDM Security at (617) 432-1379.
  • Be patient. Do not leave the room unless there is a life-threatening situation, you are instructed to do so by responders, or until it is clear the danger has passed. 

Harvard University
Police Department (HUPD)


Urgent: 617-495-1212
Longwood: 617-432-1212
Business: 617-495-1215

Visit the HUPD website for more information.