In the event of a tornado or severe weather alert, time is of the essence.
Severe weather conditions are monitored and received via Emergency Alert Radios stationed at Adelphi and Dorsey Station. The radios will sound an alarm and specify the weather emergency and affected area. The radios are programmed to signal alerts for specific areas and zones within the affected counties.
The University of Maryland Department of Public Safety Early Warning Siren will sound and indicate a life-threatening weather emergency. Specific information on the alert can be obtained through the following resources:
UMGC Emergency Action Team Leaders and security staff maintain contact with the UMD Department of Public Safety and monitor their actions and response to weather conditions. The EAT will evaluate UMD's response and initiate a response of our own, if there is a threat to the UMGC community.
Whenever severe weather is forecasted, security and the EAT Leaders will monitor the weather via internet and television, in order to remain updated.
Once a severe weather or tornado watch has been made for a specific area, the security team will notify the Security Director and EAT Leaders and advise them of the situation. The Security Director and EAT Leaders will monitor the situation closely with Security and Facilities Management. EAT Leaders will decide on a course of action.
The following systems can be activated to alert the affected community when deemed necessary by the conditions:
Faculty, staff and students outside of the MD/DC/VA area or those that work, take classes or seek counseling services at locations not owned or managed by UMGC are urged to sign up for the local government or military installation’s emergency notification system.
Tornado Watch: Conditions are right for a tornado to develop. Continue with normal activities, but continue to monitor the weather.
Tornado Warning: Radar or weather spotters have identified a tornado. If the tornado poses a danger to the campus community, the UMGC MyAlerts system will be activated and PA announcements will be made at the affected locations.
When a tornado watch has been declared in the geographic area of UMGC, all outside mobile assets should be moved inside and preparations should be made towards protection of the property from high winds.
If a Tornado Warning has been issued or other severe weather conditions exist that pose an immediate threat to the UMGC community, individuals should proceed as follows:
Outside of buildings:
If time permits, all personnel should evacuate to the basement or a ground-level interior hallway without windows.
UMGC Headquarters and College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center Safe Area:
Dorsey Station Safe Area:
First floor central hallway by the restrooms.