Emergency Contacts and Procedures

Emergency Contacts Are Available 24/7

  • To reach the area Police and Fire Departments, dial: 911
    • On this phone line you can report a crime, a fire, or other life safety emergencies.
  • To reach the Harvard University Police Department, dial: 617-495-1212 (internal: 5-1212)
    • On this phone line you can report police matters on Harvard’s Campus.
  • To reach the University Operations Center, dial: 617-495-5560 (internal: 5-5560)
    • On this phone line you can report emergency and non-emergency building maintenance issues and requests.
  • To reach the SPH Security Desk in the FXB building, dial: 617-432-1040 (internal: 2-1040)
    • On this phone line you can discuss SPH Security Issues.

Harvard University Environmental Health & Safety Office

The Harvard University Environmental Health & Safety Office (EH&S) promotes a culture of safety, health and environmental protection in collaboration with the University community to support education and research. Please find the following link to their website: https://www.ehs.harvard.edu/.

EH&S Contacts

EH&S Main Phone Line is 617-432-1720 (internal: 2-1720)

Scott Lawson
Associate Director of Longwood Safety Services
Email: scott_lawson@harvard.edu
Phone Number: 617-432-1393

Jackie Kerr
Associate Director of Lab Safety Services
Email: jackie_kerr@harvard.edu
Phone Number: 617-432-5270

Eric Rouse
Biosafety Officer
Email: eric_rouse@harvard.edu
Phone Number: 859-797-8431

HSPH News Hotline: 617-432-NEWS

The SPH News Hotline contains information about school cancellations and matters impacting normal operations of the school. School closings and re-openings will also be displayed on the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health website homepage at the following link: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/.


MessageMe is Harvard University’s emergency notification system. In the event of an emergency or significant disruption in operations, the University will use MessageMe to quickly distribute critical information to all active Harvard faculty, staff, students, and other community members who are likely to be on campus.

Please review and update your MessageMe profile at the following MessageMe website link: https://messageme.harvard.edu/.

Please visit the following link for further information on MessageMe alerts: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/operations/inclement-weather/.

For additional Emergency Response information please visit Harvard’s “In the event of an emergency” website at the following website link: https://www.harvard.edu/emergency/.