You may need to evacuate if a natural disaster occurs, if a fire exists, if toxic fumes are present in the building, or if a bomb threat has been made. What is most important, no matter the reason, is to remain calm. The building must be evacuated whenever the fire alarm goes off and when instructed by security or police and emergency services personnel. All employees, staff, and guests must remain outside the building until instructed to re-enter.
Employees should not, under any circumstance, answer any questions or make any statements to anyone except the Police Department, Fire Department, or Emergency Services. Avoid talking about any situation that occurred at University of Maryland Global Campus once you have left the building. Refer all university inquires to the Assistant Vice President of Media Relations.
An evacuation may be communicated via one or all of the following methods:
Fire Alarm: Pulled or initiated whenever a fire emergency occurs or when a full evacuation is required. The initiation of the fire alarm system means an automatic full evacuation of the building.
Public Address Announcement: Utilized when specific directions or information must be issued to all personnel. Generally used when an immediate and complete evacuation is not the designated response to the emergency. Each situation will require specific directions. Each situation has its own pre-designated texts.
Emergency Text Alert: Utilized when specific directions or information must be issued to all or specific personnel. Individuals must subscribe to this system, so only subscribers will receive the alerts and messages. It may be utilized in conjunction with an alarm or PA announcement.
Personal Verbal Request: May be utilized when only a section/s of a building must evacuate. Generally conducted by security, police, or Facilities Management personnel.
A full evacuation will occur if the fire alarm is triggered or if the Emergency Action Team or the local authorities determine a situation is highly dangerous. In addition to the fire alarm, a full evacuation can be communicated via the PA system and/or text alert. A fire alarm always means full evacuation.
A partial evacuation will occur when designated by security, the Emergency Action Team, or local authorities. A partial evacuation will be communicated via the PA system, text alert, or in person by security/emergency personnel.
In the event of a building evacuation, a refuge or safe area away from the physical hazard has been established. Each department will follow normal evacuation procedures and proceed to the refuge area once they have exited the building. It is extremely important that all employees respond to the assigned refuge point. Department managers and supervisors will account for all employees. A secondary refuge area is established in the event that the primary refuge area is either blocked or inaccessible.
Primary Refuge Area:
Secondary Refuge Areas:
Primary Refuge Area: Main parking lot in front of the building. Proceed to the back portion of the lot and away from the building.
Secondary Refuge Area: The cul-de-sac (circle) at the end of Deerpath Road and entrance to the parking lot.
Primary Refuge Area: Front of the building in the southeast corner of the parking lot closest to the fire department.
Secondary Refuge Area: Rear of the building in the northeast corner of the parking lot closest to the water tower
Primary Refuge Area: West side of the building in the lawn closest to Corporate Drive.
Secondary Refuge Area: Front of the building across the street on the opposite side of Corporate Drive.