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Rice University Crisis Management Team

Police, Fire and EMS

In an emergency, dial xt. 6000 from any Rice phone (713-348-6000 from a non-Rice phone) to reach the Rice University Police Department for police, fire, or EMS assistance.

Callers may also dial 9-1-1 to reach the Harris County 9-1-1 Service.

A direct call to RUPD at xt. 6000 (713-348-6000 from a non-Rice phone) may shorten response times to campus emergency calls, especially calls for police and emergency medical services.

Emergency Links

City of Houston OEM

Harris County Homeland Security & Emergency Management

Texas Division of Emergency Management

Federal Emergency Management Agency

      Emergency Updates

      Important Rice Numbers

      • Rice Police 713-348-6000
      • Rice Emergency Medical Services 713-348-6000
      • News Media 713-348-6774
      • Automated Emergency Information 713-348-8888
      • Rice Counseling Center 713-348-4867 (24/7)
      • Rice Environmental Health and Safety 713-348-4444
      • Rice Employee Assistance Program 713-500-3327

      Emergency Communication

      In the case of an emergency, Rice University utilizes an automated system that includes text messaging to mobile phones, e-mail, and voice mail to notify students, faculty and staff of the nature of the emergency.  Information is also provided to web pages, emergency hotlines, announcements over Rice’s public address system, and announcements in the news media. 

      To ensure that students, faculty or staff members receive this critical emergency information, they should maintain updated contact information in the ESTHER system. Contact information should include local and home emergency numbers where Rice can most effectively provide time-sensitive emergency information.

      Rice will limit use of this emergency contact information to only the most urgent campus emergencies. Rice urges community members to take seriously any emergency notifications received via their primary emergency contact point and to respond accordingly.

      The University periodically tests its emergency communications systems to continually assess its ability to communicate quickly and efficiently.

      Policy Statement

      “The purpose of emergency planning is to ensure proper effort by all areas of the University and to protect life and property of the Rice community, to keep lines of communication open to all areas of the community, and to define responsibilities of essential personnel in the event of a man-made or natural emergency.”  --Rice University Research Policy No. 105-02

      Rice University follows three guiding principles for emergency planning, response and recovery:

      1. Life Safety
      2. Preservation of Research and Key Assets
      3. Resumption of Teaching and Research