In normal conditions, day-to-day emergency response and operations are conducted by departments and agencies that are dispersed throughout the Institute. In a large-scale emergency or disaster, the Institute will activate an Emergency Operations Center (EOC), from which centralized emergency management can be performed. An EOC facilitates an effective and efficient coordinated response by the Institute and representatives of other organizations who are involved in the emergency response and recovery efforts.

EOCs are activated for various reasons based on the needs of a jurisdiction, organization, or Incident Commander; the context of a threat; the anticipation of events; or in response to an incident.

Circumstances that might trigger MIT’s EOC activation:

The EOC provides a central location for information and decision making, and allows for face-to-face coordination among personnel who must make emergency decisions. The EOC may be partially activated in order to monitor a situation, or fully activated if any of the above criteria are met.

Functions that may be performed in MIT’s EOC:


If MIT’s EOC is activated, the MIT community will be informed of relevant information about the emergency via the MIT emergency information website.  All critical life safety information will be disseminated via MIT Alert.