Emergency & Security Information

Dial "4111" in an emergency if using an ICERM/Brown University phone. This number should be used in any emergency for the quickest response from police, fire department, or an ambulance. For assistance with urgent, but non-emergency, problems call Brown's Police & Security at "3-3322".

There are two stairway exits from the ICERM offices on the both the 10th and 11th floors located to either side of the elevators. In the case of an emergency, please use either of these stairways. DO NOT use the elevator in the event of a fire.

In the case of an evacuation, please exit the building only if the fire alarm horns and strobes are activated on the floor you are at or you are instructed to do so through commands given over the fire communication system. The assembly area after evacuation is the park on the north side of the building.

Before coming to ICERM, it is a good idea to let your medical insurance company know you'll be in Providence. They should be able to provide a list of approved medical doctors who will accept your insurance. Alternately, if you aren't feeling well and need to see a doctor for non-emergency care, please go to the closest walk-in clinic:
Non Emergency Care: 
East Side Urgent Care (walk-in clinic)
1195 N Main Street
Providence, RI 02908
(401) 861-3782

Note: You may have to pay cash up-front, but can likely get reimbursed from your own insurance company. It is about a $15 cab ride.

Emergency Care: if possible, contact your medical insurance to let them know you are in need of or receiving emergency care. There are several hospitals within 5 miles of ICERM's building. The list below represents several choices:

Hospital Address, Phone Number, and Home Page
Rhode Island Hospital 593 Eddy Street, Providence, RI 02903
Phone: (401) 444-4000
The Miriam Hospital 164 Summit Avenue, Providence, RI 02906
Phone: (401) 793-2500
Roger Williams Medical Center 825 Chalkstone Avenue, Providence, RI 02908
Phone: (401) 456-2000
Women & Infants Hospital 101 Dudkey Street, Providence, RI 02905
Phone: (401) 274-1100
Hasbro Children's Hospital 593 Eddy Street, Providence, RI 02903
(401) 444-4000
ICERM's business hours are 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday during the academic year, and 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday during summer. ICERM participants are welcome to stay on the premises after the last talk of the day.
Access Policy
During workshop weeks the elevators are unlocked at 8:00am, and relocked at either 5:30pm or 9:00pm, depending on scheduled activities. AT ALL OTHER TIMES, elevator access to ICERM must be granted for non-Brown ID card holders by the lobby security. Please honor any requests to sign-in or show ID.

Long-term ICERM participants are provided with a Brown University ID card, which allows 24/7 access to ICERM.

Due to the open environment of ICERM and needing to be aware of potential for crime that is present in any city or campus, we ask that you please honor our policies regarding access to the building and ICERM in general: Please do not let others into ICERM space after hours or loan your ID card or office keys to anyone. Do not prop the stairwell doors open. Please honor any requests from the building's lobby security to sign-in or show ID.
Security Reminder
When you are not in your office, please keep your office door locked for safe keeping of your personal items and ICERM equipment. No one is immune to security problems and we appreciate your assistance. If you see someone in the ICERM office space, lounge, etc, whom you believe is not associated with ICERM please inform the staff in the main office immediately.

The campus shuttle is available to long-term visitors with a Brown ID card. The Rhode Island Public Transporation Authority (RIPTA) also has a bus system that runs from downtown Providence through the Brown campus, to T.F. Green Airport, and beyond.
Brown is an urban campus. When outside of ICERM, please be aware of your surroundings and the people around you at all times. Trusting your instincts will help minimize your risk of becoming the victim of a crime.


    • If at all possible, do not walk alone at night.
    • Stay in populated, well-lit areas.
    • Keep alert: avoid using electronic devices and earbuds while walking around.
    • When on campus, familiarize yourself with the locations of our blue light Emergency phones.
    • Report any suspicious activity by calling DPS at (401) 863-4111 (dial 3-4111 if using campus telephone).

Additional safety information can be found on the Department of Public Safety website:


Building Maintenance Issues

If you see a problem with facilities maintenance, or if general supplies need to be replinsihed, please contact an ICERM staff member.