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Emergency Preparedness at Bentley

Bentley University is committed to your safety in the event of an emergency. An emergency is any situation that requires immediate and prompt action. This includes circumstances that pose a threat to the health, safety or well-being of any student or member of the faculty or staff.

Emergency situations may be:

  • Natural disasters
  • Local flooding
  • Power outages
  • Fires and explosions
  • Local emergencies
  • Civil disturbances
  • Medical emergencies
  • Hazardous materials incidents

For information about what to do in an emergency click here. If you are concerned about any threatening situation affecting someone on campus, please call University Police at 781.891.3131.

The University Police dispatcher is able to reach all Bentley senior administrators and key personnel before and after regular business hours, in the event an emergency occurs. To help safeguard your own security, follow standard safety practices around campus. This includes carrying your ID at all times, not propping doors open, and reporting any suspicious activity, no matter how minor, to University Police at the emergency line 781.891.3131 or business line 781.891.2201.

While it is impossible to predict if and when the Bentley community will be affected by an emergency situation, we make every effort to keep you informed and thank you in advance for your cooperation. The latest information will be posted on the Emergency Alert page and the Homepage on our website and shared via the Emergency Notification System including email, text and phone, and via social media channels when warranted.

During an emergency, please remain calm and take direction from University Police, Bentley staff, and local authorities seriously.

Emergency Management Group

Bentley University has established a multi-disciplinary Emergency Management Group to prepare for and respond to any emergency condition that may endanger human health and safety, University property, or the University's ability to carry out business obligations. The Emergency Management Group committee regularly reviews and updates the University's Emergency Preparedness Plan. The committee also discusses current trends and areas of concern both nationally and internationally, performs table-top exercises to test the plan, and is also responsible for disseminating any pertinent information to the Bentley community to assist with their emergency preparedness.

Basic emergency procedures designed to protect lives and property through the effective use of University and community resources are included within the Emergency Preparedness Plan. Since an emergency may be sudden and without warning, these procedures are designed to be flexible in order to accommodate contingencies of various types and magnitudes. It acts as a guide for University personnel and resources during an emergency situation and does not limit our response to emergencies. The plan is utilized in concert with good judgment and common sense in matters both included within this plan, and for matters not foreseen or covered by the plan. Additionally, it is subordinate to federal, state or local plans during a disaster declaration by those authorities.

The Emergency Preparedness Plan incorporates the use of the Incident Command System to facilitate interagency coordination, promote the use of common emergency response terminology and command structure, and ease the flow of information between responding agencies. The University is committed to cooperating with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), state and city police, fire and emergency departments, and other responders in the development of emergency response plans, as well as participating in multi-jurisdictional emergency planning exercises. This includes participation in the Waltham Local Emergency Planning Committee. 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding Bentley University Emergency Preparedness, please feel free to contact university police at 781.891.2201.