Emergency Management and Preparedness

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Emergency Management

Emergency management, often referred to as disaster management, is the framework for which companies, communities, and organizations respond to natural and manmade disasters and acts of terrorism. Emergency management is focused on mitigating the risks, preparing for possible catastrophes and disasters, responding to threats or actual disasters, and recovering from disaster.

Emergency Preparedness

The concept of emergency preparedness is defined as “a continuous cycle of planning, organizing, training, equipping, exercising, evaluating, and taking corrective active in an effort to ensure effective coordination during incident response” (National Incident Management System). 

Babson College Emergency Management

The responsibility of Babson College Emergency Management, located within Babson Public Safety, is to ensure that Babson College is prepared to respond to, recover from, and mitigate against the effects of a wide variety of disasters that could adversely affect the health, safety, and/or general welfare of its students, faculty, staff, visitors, and families. 

Babson College has a standing Crisis Response Team (CRT) that consists of senior administrators who are ready to respond if necessary.

Emergency Management Specialist

Derek Keene has been with Babson College since July of 2023 and serves as the Emergency Management Specialist. Derek recently retired as Deputy Fire Chief of the Smithfield Fire Department in Rhode Island after nearly twenty-one years of service. He holds a bachelor's degree in emergency management from Purdue University Global and a master's degree in public administration from Anna Maria College. Please feel free to contact him or Police Chief Erin Carcia at any time with questions or concerns pertaining to Emergency Management. 

Derek Keene, MPA
Babson College PD
781-239-5555 (Public Safety)
781-239-5348 (Direct)

Emergency Notification Systems

Babson College uses several methods of notification to alert students, faculty, staff, and visitors/others in an emergency. The notification methods include:

  • Text, phone, and email alerts through the emergency alert system (RAVE Mobile Safety)
  • Posting info on the Babson homepage and the Emergency Preparedness webpage
  • Babson College official social media platforms
  • Information will be updated on the Babson INFO line: 781-239-4636

In case of an emergency, these systems will provide information about the nature of the emergency, what to do, and where to go to receive additional information. 

Babson College RAVE Mobile Safety

Babson College highly recommends that you register below for RAVE Mobile Safety during your time here on campus. To register, click on the hyperlink below


Weather Related Events Affecting Babson

Information regarding weather related delays or cancellations will be provided via the platforms listed above under the "Emergency Notification Systems" section. 

General Safety Guidelines

  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Move or leave if you feel uncomfortable or if something does not seem right
  • Report suspicious activity to the Babson Public Safety Department 781-239-5555 or local police.
  • Take precautions when traveling such as:
    • Remain cognizant of conspicuous or unusual behavior
    • Refuse to accept packages from strangers
    • Never leave your luggage unattended.
  • Learn where emergency exits are located in buildings you frequent and have a plan on how to get out in the event of an emergency
  • Be prepared to forgo services you normally depend such as:
    • Electricity, telephone, natural gas, gasoline pumps, cash registers, ATMs, and internet connections
  • Stay prepared
    • Assemble an emergency preparedness kit, have an emergency plan for yourself and others, and stay informed about what to do during an emergency

Summary of Actions for Individuals

  • Confirm your mobile device can receive Wireless Emergency Alerts
  • Sign up for text and/or email alerts from your local jurisdiction
  • Consider purchasing a NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards
  • If you do not have a landline, check to see if your jurisdiction has options for VoIP
    and mobile phones to be connected to ETN systems such as Reverse 911©
  • Sign up for listservs and alerts for the workplace, schools, houses of worship, or
    other community organizations you’ll want to hear from in an emergency
  • Download relevant hazard alerts and warnings apps
  • Create a list of all the alert systems available to you

General Information About Terrorism

Terrorism is the use of force or violence against persons or property in violation of the criminal laws of the United States for purposes of intimidation, coercion, or ransom.

Terrorists often use threats to:

  • Create fear among the public
  • Try to convince citizens that their government is powerless to prevent terrorism
  • Get immediate publicity for their causes

Acts of terrorism include threats of terrorism; assassinations; kidnappings; hijackings; bomb scares and bombings; cyber attacks (computer-based); and the use of chemical, biological, nuclear, and radiological weapons.


High-risk targets for acts of terrorism include military and civilian government facilities, international airports, large cities, and high-profile landmarks. Terrorists might also target large public gatherings, water and food supplies, utilities, and corporate centers. Further, terrorists are capable of spreading fear by sending explosives or chemical and biological agents through the mail.

Reference Material

For further information on Terrorism Awareness and Emergency Preparedness, visit www.ready.gov