Dear UMD Community,

The Environmental Health and Safety Office and Facilities Management will be conducting emergency evacuation drills throughout campus this week and over the next couple weeks.  Some of you may have experienced this already, since a number of buildings have already been evacuated. Some may be evacuated more than once depending on which building you are in during the day.  Building evacuation exercises are required by local, state, and federal regulations, as well as national and university fire and life safety codes.

Responsible personnel in each building are contacted and informed of the drill. 

To ensure minimum disturbance, drills are conducted during the last five minutes of the class or at the end of the hour.  Care is taken to not disrupt important meetings, exams, or important research activities. 


At the sound of the alarm
  • Do Not Panic!
  • Calmly gather your belongings (backpack, laptop, purse, car keys, coat, etc).
  • Stop experiment in progress, shut down fume hood, all power and fire sources.
  • Finish transaction in progress.
  • Leave the area (office, classroom, or laboratory) quickly but in an orderly manner.
  • Walk do not run and follow the nearest exit route from where you are (exit route maps are posted by the elevator).
  • If you are in upper floors, go directly to the nearest fire-free and smoke-free stairwell.
  • Crawl low, under the smoke to breathe cleaner air if there is a fire or if you encounter smoke.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • Report to the designated meeting place, or go to a nearest building outside of the emergency area.
  • Do not re-enter the building until directed by authorities.
  • Faculty and staff must follow Building Emergency Evacuation Plan (BEEP) procedure.
Additional information about Emergency Preparedness and Response at UMD maybe viewed at

Building evacuation drills are an important part of the UMD Safety and Emergency Preparedness program.  They instill a sense of confidence and caring among students and staff, and ensure a strong and positive campus safety culture.

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