Severe Weather Events

 

 

Severe Weather Information

 

Weather alerts and weather-related schedule updates will be announced on the University of Maryland homepage and the snow line: 301-405-7669

For Student Affairs updates, please visit their Winter Weather Updates page.

 

Winter Storms and Extreme Cold

Before:

  • Update your emergency kit! Obtain necessary equipment: Rock salt, sand, snow shovels, adequate clothing and blankets to keep your warm, food and water
  • Make an emergency kit for your vehicle
  • Make or update your Family Communications Plan
  • Be Informed! A NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts alerts and warnings directly from NWS.
  • Know where you can get the latest university information: @UofMaryland @UMDRightNow @PreparednessUMD @UMPD
  • Know the signs of frostbite and hypothermia

During:

  • Stay indoors during the storm
  • Walk carefully on snowy, icy, walkways
  • Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow
  • Keep dry and wear warm clothes, several layers!
  • Avoid driving, drive only if necessary
  • If you lose power, call 301-405-2222 (FM Customer Response Center) or 301-314-9675 (Residential Facilities)

After:

  • Restock your emergency supplies to be ready when another storm hits
  • Take time to improve your Family Communications Plan and supplies
  • Talk with your neighbors and colleagues about their experiences and share tips with each other.

If you need emergency assistance, call 301-405-3333 or 911.

For more tips, visit www.ready.gov/winter-weather (Information adopted from Ready.gov)

 

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, UMPD will issue text and email alerts through UMD Alerts. Register for your cell phone to receive UMD Alerts at alert.umd.edu.

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

Severe Storms

Severe Storm Watch: Issued when severe storms are possible in and close to your area. The watch is issued to alert you to the possibility that thunderstorms with damaging winds and large hail may develop.

Severe Storm Warning: Issued when a severe storm has been spotted and is going to move through your area soon. Remain calm, but take immediate action to move to safety.

If inside:

  •  Stay inside.
  •  Move to the lowest floor away from windows and doors.
  •  Stay away from mechanical rooms and laboratories.
  •  Know which rooms in your building are designated as safe shelters. A safe shelter is any room or hallway without windows.
  •  Stay indoors until instructed otherwise.
  •  Avoid using the telephone or any electrical appliances.
  •  Do not take a bath or shower.
  •  Turn off air conditioners and other electrical equipment.

If outside:

  •  Move to the interior of a building.
  •  If unable to move inside, stay away from trees or large structures.
  •  Lay flat in a depression or ditch, face down.
  •  Protect your face, head, and neck.
  •  If you feel your skin tingle or your hair stand on end, squat low to the ground on the balls of your feet. Place your hands on your knees with your head between them. Make yourself the smallest target possible and minimize your contact with the ground.

Tornado

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. The UMD Alerts 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 UMPD at 911 or 301-405-3333 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.o Be careful removing debris that has fallen around you.
  •  Call UMPD at 911 or 301-405-3333 to report injuries or damage.

Flooding

  • Never drive or walk through flooded areas.
  • Do not walk through flood waters in basement or other parts of a building.
  • Avoid downed power lines.
  • Report flood conditions to UMPD.
  • If you smell natural gas, call 911 or 301-405-3333.

Earthquake

If the ground or building starts to shake violently, move away from windows and unsecured large furniture.

  •  Drop — to the floor or ground.
  •  Cover — get under a desk, table, or other furniture. If there is nothing available, cover your head with your arms and crouch in an interior corner of a building.
  •  Hold on — grab the furniture you are using for protection until the shaking stops.

When the shaking stops, gather your valuables and evacuate the building calmly but quickly. Do not use the elevator and do not activate the fire alarm. Once outside, move away from the building. Do not re-enter the building until advised by authorities.

If anyone is mobility impaired or needs assistance, call 911 or 301-405-3333.

 

If outside when an earthquake happens:

  •  Stay there.
  •  Move away from building, streetlights, and utility wires.
  •  Once in the open, stay there until the shaking stops.
  •  The greatest danger exists directly outside buildings, at exits and alongside exterior walls. Most earthquake-related casualties result from collapsing walls, flying glass, and falling objects.

If you are in a moving vehicle:

  •  Stay there.
  •  Move away from building, streetlights, and utility wires.
  •  Once in the open, stay there until the shaking stops.
  •  The greatest danger exists directly outside buildings, at exits and alongside exterior walls. Most earthquake-related casualties result from collapsing walls, flying glass, and falling objects.
  •  Stop as quickly as safety permits and stay in the vehicle.
  •  Avoid stopping near or under buildings, trees, overpasses, and utility wires.
  •  Proceed cautiously once the earthquake has stopped. Avoid roads, bridges, or ramps that might have been damaged by the earthquake.

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