Emergency Preparedness

Olin College of Engineering is committed to the safety and general welfare of its students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Conducting a thorough and systematic process to prepare and produce a quality Emergency Management Plan and allocating resources to respond to possible emergencies are some of the ways the College meets this commitment.

The Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP) falls under the direction of the Public Safety Department and is responsible for Olin's Emergency Management Plan. It is fashioned in accordance with the laws, regulations, and policies that govern emergency preparedness and reflects the most current thinking in this area. It is designed to maximize life safety and preservation of property, minimize danger, restore normal working conditions, and assure responsive communications with the College community, surrounding neighborhoods, the Town of Needham, the Needham Police and Fire Departments, and state agencies such as the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).

The plan is designed to provide a guide and framework for Olin College to prepare for and respond to campus-wide emergencies. The safety and protection of all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to Olin College are critically important; this plan identifies the preparedness, response, and recovery plans designed to ensure this objective. This plan also describes the roles and responsibilities of departments, schools, units, and personnel during emergency situations. The basic emergency procedures are designed to protect lives and property through effective use of college and community resources.

Copies of our incident specific response plans are available through our internal portal to members of our Emergency Crisis Team (which includes the Public Safety Department, the Environmental Health & Safety Department, and other departments within the college).

It is the responsibility of the OEP Emergency Manager, the Chief of the Public Safety Department, and the Environmental Health and Safety Manager to lead and direct efforts to update Olin College's Emergency Management Plan. This plan is reviewed annually and updated as necessary.