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What is Emergency Management?

Emergency management can be defined as the organization and management of resources and responsibilities for dealing with all aspects of emergencies and disasters, in order to reduce the harmful effects on a community.

Vision

It is the vision of MIT Emergency Management to build and maintain a professional, exemplary, comprehensive emergency management and business continuity program for MIT that perpetuates resiliency across all sectors of the Institute.

Mission Areas

The MIT Emergency Management program has six key mission areas:

  • Communication & Coordination
  • Preparedness
  • Mitigation & Prevention
  • Response
  • Recovery
  • Continuity

Connect With Us

Address
304 Vassar Street
Building W92-129
Cambridge, MA 02139

Phone
617-452-4368

Email
em-staff@mit.edu

Twitter:
MIT Emergency Management (@MITprepared)
MIT Alert (@MITalert)

Facebook:
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MIT Alert

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Suzanne M. Blake, CEM, CBCI

Manager, MIT Emergency Management
Suzanne is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) with more than 17 years of experience. She got her start working on post-September 11th work in Washington, DC before moving to Wilmington, NC, where she served as the University of North Carolina Wilmington's first Emergency Manager. Prior to coming to MIT in 2015, Suzanne worked with higher education institutions across the country as the Higher Education Specialist for Witt O’Brien’s, an emergency management consulting firm. Her focus in that role was on the development and improvement of emergency management and business continuity programs at more than 50 institutions nationwide. At MIT, Suzanne manages all aspects of MIT's emergency management program in coordination with her amazing team, representatives from across campus, and MIT's senior leadership. She also serves as the Administrator for MIT EMS, MIT's student-run ambulance service. In addition, she is certified by the Business Continuity Institute (CBCI) and has completed the FEMA National Emergency Management Executive Academy. She received her bachelor's degree from Georgetown University, where she served as an EMT for the student-run EMS service, and her master's degree from Duke University.
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David M. Barber, CBCI

Senior Emergency Management Specialist
David has more than 20 years of experience overseeing emergency response and training at MIT. He provides administrative, educational, and operational oversight of MIT’s Emergency Operations Center and Emergency Response Liaison Team, and he has handled a wide range of situations from fires, spills, utility outages, and construction incidents to aviation accidents, weather-related emergencies, public health emergencies, and shooting incidents. David provides emergency management training to MIT’s front line responders; Emergency Operations Center; Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) coordinators and responders; and MIT Emergency Medical Services staff. In addition, David is certified by the Business Continuity Institute (CBCI) and serves in leadership roles in international and national emergency management associations, including the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM).
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Steven A. Taddonio, CBCI

Emergency Management Specialist
Steven previously spent eight years at Berklee College of Music, serving as their first Emergency Manager and Clery Act compliance officer. During this time, Steven built a comprehensive emergency management program, chaired the emergency planning committee, and he was responsible for emergency notification, plan development, training, assessments, preparedness, communications, and drills. In 2013, Steven received a Distinguished Service Award for his role during and after the Boston Marathon attacks. Steven is certified by the Business Continuity Institute (CBCI), is a certified assessor for the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP), and is a graduate of a Massachusetts reserve police academy. At MIT, Steven’s responsibilities include emergency communications and administration of the MIT Alert system.
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Jeremy Bersin, MS

Emergency Preparedness Specialist
Jeremy comes to MIT with 10 years of experience in emergency response, serving as an Emergency Medical Technician for Boston EMS and American Medical Response’s City of Hartford division, and as an Assistant Instructor for Hartford Hospital’s EMS Education program. Following his graduation from the University of Connecticut, Jeremy worked in marketing and communications roles with Boston-area technology startups and MassChallenge, before receiving his M.S. in Healthcare Emergency Management from the Boston University Medical School. He has been involved in many incident responses and EOC activations, including the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, and responses with Team Rubicon both locally and across the country. Jeremy holds several certifications, including Business Continuity (CBCI); CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor; and Management and Planning Level Instructor Development from the National Center for Biomedical Research & Training.
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