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Police Emergency
On-campus phone 911
Off-campus Call (301) 405-3333
(UMD Police) or 911
Non-Emergency Call:
(301) 405-3555
Other Police Numbers

Fire Emergency
Dial 911

Police On-campus contingency phone call:
(301) 403-4543 or
(301) 403-4544

University Health Center
(301) 314-8180

UMD ALERTS: www.alert.umd.edu



Emergency Preparedness > Emergency Procedures and Action Plans <- You Are Here

Weather Emergencies

Hurricane / Tropical Cyclone

  • Have food and water available in your room or apartment
  • Make sure you have a flashlight and portable radio with fresh batteries
  • During the storm, stay indoors. Move to lower levels of your building during periods of high winds and stay away from windows
  • In periods of heavy rain, flash-flooding may occur. Do not drive vehicles through standing water.
  • If power goes out, do not use candles for light
  • Conserve power on your mobile device; only use for emergencies
If the campus begins to experience dangerous effects of the storm, the Department of Public Safety will issue text and email alerts through UMD Alerts. Register for UMD Alerts at alert.umd.edu.

For more information to help you understand and prepare for hurricanes and other tropical cyclones include:

NOAA's Preparedness Guide: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/hurricane/resources/TropicalCyclones11.pdf
FEMA's "Ready.gov" Guide: http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes


Watch: Conditions are right for a tornado to develop. Continue with normal activities, but continue to monitor the weather.

Warning: Radar or weather spotters have identified a tornado. The UMD Alert System will activate if there is danger in the University Community.

If Indoors:

  • Know the location of the nearest shelter for your facility. This can be a basement or a ground floor hallway with no windows or a door frame.
  • Get under a desk or a table.
  • Be careful removing debris that has fallen around you.
  • Remain calm in a protected area until the threat has ceased or the danger has a passed.
  • Call the Department of Public Safety at 911 or 53333 to report injuries or damage.

If Outdoors:

  • Try to seek shelter indoors, if you cannot;
  • Try to get to a protected or safe area away from buildings, windows and glass, telephone or light poles or any place where there could be falling debris (A low area such as a ditch or ravine or a depression works well).
  • Lie face down and cover your head and face.
  • Be careful removing debris that has fallen around you.
  • Call the Department of Public Safety at 911 or 53333 to report injuries or damage.

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