MIT’s Emergency Preparedness Plan (EPP) program ensures that MIT departments, labs, and centers (DLCs) develop, maintain, and use an emergency plan specific to their DLC’s location, hazards, and personnel.  Each DLC must maintain an EPP to ensure the safety and well-being of faculty, staff, and students, contractors, and visitors on MIT’s campus, as well as to comply with federal laws and regulations.

Once an EPP is created, training must occur to ensure faculty, staff, and students are aware of the plans and how to react in an emergency. At MIT, EPP Training is conducted in two phases.

EPC Training

MIT Emergency Management, in collaboration with the EHS Safety Officer, develop and conduct training for EPCs. This training is conducted separately from the DLC faculty/staff/student training, and conducted on an annual cycle. The format for the EPC training is in-person, either one-on-one or in a small group setting.

DLC Training

EPCs may request in-person training for their DLCs that covers the topics of general emergency preparedness and provides participants specific information for their DLC (evacuation routes, assembly areas, hazards, etc.). This is conducted in coordination with MIT Emergency Management staff.

Frequency

EPCs may choose to provide in-person annual refreshers to their DLC students/faculty/staff. Current staff and employees will be encouraged to complete the training as a refresher every other year. EPCs will be required to take a refresher training on their EPP when it is updated biennially. This will be conducted in coordination with the biennial EPP update.

Exercises

If requested, MIT Emergency Management assists DLCs with conducting a fire drill or tabletop exercise to test the EPP.  The exercises and drills will be conducted in coordination with the EPC and the DLC’s EHS Coordinator.  Additionally, MIT Emergency Management may host EPC-focused tabletop exercises as needed.

For more information on EPP training, please email us at em-staff@mit.edu.