There are a number of emergency situations during
which building, or facility evacuation is not the best solution and may
not be advisable. In such cases, either a lockdown or a shelter in
place may be preferable.
Shelter in Place
You may be advised to "shelter in place" rather
than evacuate your building during emergency situations such as large
hazardous material releases, or severe weather emergencies. Advice to
shelter in place will be conveyed through official university
- Stay inside the building, or go indoors as
quickly as possible if you are working outside.
- Close windows to provide tighter seal against
chemicals vapors, smoke and/or fumes.
- Locate supplies you may need such as food,
water, radio, or flash lights if you have them.
- In case of a tornado, go to a central room or
corridor where there are no windows and few doors.
- In the event of a hazardous material release,
turn off fans, air conditioning or ventilation system, if you have
control of these systems. Most UMD buildings' ventilation systems are
centrally controlled and will be shut down during such events.
- Stay tuned and monitor official university
emergency notification systems information for further instructions
A lockdowns maybe preferable during situations
such as the presence of a hostile or armed intruder inside a building.
A lockdown requires locking doors, windows, and
barricading oneself to block entry to a campus facility, a classroom,
or to an office compound. Since many UMD classrooms, work, and service
areas are not lockable. There is no official UMD policy at the present
time requiring staff to practice a lockdown. University staff who wish
to practice a lockdown may do so at their own discretion. lockdown will
not be announced through University emergency notification system.
The following is a general lockdown procedure:
- Lock or barricade classroom doors.
- Close windows and window treatments.
- Turn off the lights.
- Instruct everyone to remain silent and not to
go into hallways.
- Crouch down in areas out of sight from doors
and windows to conceal yourself as much as possible
- If the fire alarm sound unexpectedly, do not
evacuate the building unless
- You have firsthand knowledge that there is
a fire in the building;
- You are in imminent danger; or
- You have been advised by UMD police to
evacuate the building.
- If you are in hallways, during the emergency,
seek shelter immediately in the nearest classroom or office compound.
- if you are in outdoor areas, you should
immediately take cover.