Emergency Preparedness
Early Warning System

The campus's Early Warning System is designed to provide instant notification to students, faculty and staff of imminent dangerous conditions. In such an emergency, sirens around campus will sound continuously for at least three minutes.

If you ever hear the Early Warning siren:
  • If in your residence hall or apartment, stay indoors/in your room and seek information from the sources below
  • If outdoors, seek shelter inside the closest building
  • Tell friends and neighbors what you learn from the resources below
  • Save work on your computer, shut it down & disconnect it from the wall jack
  • Do not pull the fire alarm (which tells people to go outside), unless directed to do so by the information sources below
Additional items to keep readily available, in the event you need to leave your room with very little warning:
  • cash, small denominations, some in quarters (credit cards, ATMs may not work if regional phone demand is too high)
  • any prescription or over-the-counter medicines
  • personal items such as cellular phone, glasses, contact lens solution, cherished photos
  • valuables such as laptop and jewelry
  • copies of financial papers, bank account numbers, other important documents
  • hat/cap, sunscreen, insect repellent
  • "go bag" with sturdy shoes, socks, changes of clothing
  • feminine supplies
  • inventory of belongings left behind in room, especially any valuables
Reason for activating the warning system and basic actions that should be taken should be learned by checking:
  • WMUC 88.1 FM radio
  • 1640 AM radio
  • Comcast cable channel 76 (Terp TV)
  • x5-SNOW or 301-405-7669 (recorded message)

When danger has passed, a single 30-second siren blast will sound.

NOTE: Siren testing occurs at 11:55am the first Wednesday of every month.