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
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.
“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:
- Life Safety
- Preservation of Research and Key Assets
- Resumption of Teaching and Research