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General building maps are available here.

Campus Resources

UMD’s Office of Emergency Management’s mission is to prepare the UMD community in the event of an emergency or incident.

Prepare Your Shell

UMD faculty, staff, and students should review information on OEM's Be Prepared page. It links to information on personal preparedness, campus safety resources, and online training videos.

You will learn:

  • What to do in the case of an active shooter
  • Fire prevention and evacuation
  • Protective actions during severe weather events
  • How to get around campus safely at night
  • How to register your cell phone to receive UMD Alerts text messages for up-to-the-minute information
  • What your department can do to help prepare its staff for emergencies

UMD Police Department

UMD’s Police Department offers many services and resources for the campus community to stay safe.

Emergency Plans

Below are guidelines for possible actions to take in the event of an emergency. Note that no emergency is the same, and the plans outlined below may not always be the best course of action for you. Know your options and be ready to adapt depending on your individual situation.

For more information on potential hazards, visit OEM's website.


If you are inside:

  1. Move away from windows and unsecured furniture.
  2. DROP: To the floor.
  3. COVER: Get under a desk, table, etc. If nothing available, cover head with arms and crouch in interior corner of building.
  4. HOLD: Grab onto furniture you are under, move with it if needed to stay covered.
  5. EXIT: When shaking stops, gather valuables and exit building. Do not use elevator or activate fire alarm (unless you see a fire).
If you are outside:

  1. Stay there.
  2. Move away from buildings, street lights, wires.
  3. Once in the open, stay there until the shaking stops.
  4. The greatest danger is directly outside buildings, at exits, and along exterior walls. Avoid collapsing walls, flying glass, and falling objects.
  5. When shaking stops, make way toward Assembly Point, if possible.

Earthquakes can cause fires. Be on the lookout as you exit the building. Notify authorities if you see fire.

Tornado / Severe Storm

If you are inside:

  1. Stay inside.
  2. Move to the lowest floor away from doors/windows/glass.
  3. Know your shelter-in-place locations.
  4. Stay indoors until instructed.
If you are outside:

  1. Move to the interior of a building.
  2. If unable to move inside, stay away from trees or large structures.
  3. Lay face-down, flat in a ditch or depression.
  4. Protect your neck and face.

Power Outage

The emergency generator is used to only provide power to emergency lighting and life safety systems.


  1. Report the outage to Work Control: 301-405-2222.
  2. Turn off or unplug sensitive electrical equipment.
  3. Keep freezers and refrigerators closed.
  4. Keep a working flashlight with batteries in the area, never use candles.
  5. Evacuate the building if instructed to do so by emergency personnel.
Will Function on Generator

  1. Egress Lighting
  2. Door Locks / Swipe
  3. Fume Hood Ventilation
  4. Hard-Wired Phones
  5. Life Safety Systems
Will Not Function on Generator

  1. Most lighting
  2. HVAC
  3. Electrical appliances (computers, fridge, etc.)
  4. Bathroom Sinks
  5. Eventually toilets, starting on 2nd floor
  6. Roll-up Doors (can be closed manually)

Active Shooter


  • If you can get out, do so.
  • Always try to escape or evacuate, don't let others slow you down with indecision.
  • Getting yourself out of harm's way is your #1 priority.
  • Once you're out of the line of fire, call for help.
  • Use 911 (Dialing 911 from a campus phone will connect with UMPD.)
  • Dialing 911 from a cell phone will connect you with Prince George's County Communications. Be sure to give the call taker your exact location.
  • Use (301) 405-3333 to contact UMPD (Emergency Line)

  • If you can't get out safely, you need to find a place to hide.
  • Act quickly and quietly
  • Try to secure your hiding place as best you can
  • Turn out the lights and lock doors
  • Silence your cell phone
  • If you can't find a safe room or closet, try to conceal yourself behind large objects that may protect you.
  • Do your best to remain calm

  • As a last resort, if your life is at risk, whether alone or working together as a group, FIGHT!
  • Act with aggression
  • Improvise weapons
  • Disarm the shooter
  • Commit to taking the shooter down, no matter what

Medical Emergency

If you are alerted to an ill or injured person in ESJ, you should immediately:

  1. Take note of the exact location (room number, stairway, roof, hallway, lab, etc.)
  2. Call UMPD (301-405-3333) immediately and provide available details.
  3. Let ill or injured person know that you are calling for help.
  4. Send someone who knows the building well outside to wait for emergency responders and lead them to the ill or injured person once they arrive. Be very specific regarding the incident and location.
  5. Send someone to get a first aid kit, a kit is available in office 0105B.
  6. If the ill or injured person is unresponsive, send someone to get an AED. Perform CPR and/or use AED as trained.
  7. Stay with the ill or injured person until emergency responders arrive.
  8. Contact FM (301-405-2222) for any blood cleanup.

  1. There are 2 AEDs in ESJ: GROUND FLOOR, near chemistry stockroom, and FIRST FLOOR, near WEPA printer.
  2. There are 2 Blue Light Emergency Phones located near ESJ on the southern side of building.
Urgent Care

  1. The University Health Center is available for faculty, staff, and students with urgent medical needs. Hours are 8 am-7 pm (Mon-Fri) and 11 am-3 pm (Sat).
  2. Emergencies such as bleeding, severe shortness of breath and/or chest pain do not require appointments.
  3. It is located in Building 140 on Campus Dr. Up the hill from ESJ.

Emergency Information for People with Disabilities

Any person with a disability, temporary or permanent, or other condition that would require them to need assistance during an evacuation is considered to have “access and functional needs.'' Access and functional needs are further defined as anyone who, without the assistance of another person, would have difficulty evacuating or relocating to a safe location, or would slow down evacuation of other occupants within the building.

The privacy and confidentiality of persons with access and functional needs during an evacuation must be respected. As such, individuals cannot be required to disclose they have access and functional needs. Therefore, planning emergency evacuation of persons with access and functional needs must be predicated on self-disclosure.

Personal Emergency Plan

Every individual should work with university officials, including the UMD Fire Marshal’s Office to develop a personal emergency plan that outlines appropriate resources and responses in the event of an emergency. The plan should include specific evacuation procedures, sheltering procedures, and means of communication in the event of an emergency. It should also contain:

  • The safest location on each floor where they can await assistance from emergency personnel;
  • Communication tools that the individual can use to inform emergency personnel of their location;
  • The names of at least two rescue assistants who are willing and able to provide assistance to the individual during an emergency. Rescue assistants should be a friend who is likely to be in the same building at a similar time frame as the individual. The rescue assistant should familiarize themselves with appropriate procedures by reviewing the emergency resources guide and the section of this website on assisting individuals with disabilities.

This information will only be used to assist emergency response personnel in locating and assisting persons with access and functional needs during an emergency.

For more information regarding emergency planning for those with Access and Functional Needs, please contact the UMD Fire Marshal’s Office at (301) 405-3960 or or visit the Office of Emergency Management’s page.

Guidelines on Assisting Individuals with Disabilities

  • Ensure that the individual is aware of the emergency. Inform hearing-impaired persons of the emergency individually; do not assume that they know what is happening by watching others.
  • Before attempting to offer assistance, always ask individuals with a disability how you can best assist them and whether there are any special considerations that should be made or items that need to come with them.
  • You may assist in evacuating individuals with disabilities if it does not place you in personal danger. Note: non-emergency personnel should never attempt to carry anyone down the stairs.
  • Assist visually impaired individuals by guiding them to safety.
  • Assist individuals who are unable to use the stairs by guiding them to an enclosed stairwell (one that is separated from the main building area by doors). Close the doors to the stairwell tightly and notify 911 of the individual's location. You may stay with the person requiring assistance if it does not place you in additional danger and if there is another person able to meet emergency personnel to report the location of the individuals in the stairwell.