Emergency Preparedness
Severe Weather

Thunderstorms, hurricanes, tropical storms and other severe weather can bring dangerously high winds, hail, flash flooding, icing, and loss of electrical power to our area.

Storm watches -- conditions exist for severe weather to develop
Storm warnings -- severe weather has been sighted or is indicated by weather radar

Storm watch or storm warning means you should:
If a storm approaches campus:
  • Save work on your laptop or computer, then shut it down and disconnect it from the walljack
  • Stay in your building, moving to the basement or inner hallway of a lower floor if you feel unsafe
  • Listen for campus Early Warning sirens, your cue to seek instructions from 1640 AM radio, 88.1 FM radio, Comcast cable channel 76 (Terp TV), or x5-SNOW (or 301-405-7669)
  • Stay clear of elevators (to avoid possibility of being trapped in the event an electrical outage shuts off the elevators)
  • Keep keys, ID, cash and credit cards, a flashlight, battery-operated radio and extra batteries with you
  • Unplug radio, appliances, television, etc. to avoid power surge problems
  • Close windows , and lock your door as you leave
  • Know your roommates' whereabouts and those of as many neighbors as you can
If a tornado warning is indicated by sighting or weather radar:
  • Take shelter at once
  • Use stairs, not elevators, to move to the basement or lower floor of your building
  • Stay away from glass and windows
  • Wear protective clothing, including sturdy shoes
For your safety after the storm passes:
  • After you know you are safe, alert family and friends - but limit the number and length of calls
  • Be aware that cellular phones may not work in some emergency conditions because of high demand
  • Stay indoors and stay away from elevators
  • Monitor conditions on radio or television news and at University resources
  • When you do go outside, be extra careful when walking on wet and slippery surfaces - steps, walks, tile floors, slate patios, etc.
  • Students with medical concerns or with temporary or permanent physical disabilities who need assistance during a power outage should report any concerns to 911 or 301-405-3333
  • Call 911 or 301-405-3333 to report downed power lines, other dangerous conditions
  • Call x4WORK or 301-314-9675 to report downed trees, limbs, standing water, broken glass, debris, etc.
If electrical power is lost:
  • Remember, cordless telephones do not work during a power outage; keep your corded land-line phone plugged into your room's phone jack
  • Emergency lights from backup generators will minimally illuminate stairwells and lobbies in your residence hall
  • Hallways, bathrooms and student bedrooms will stay dark until power is restored
  • Use a flashlight; do not light candles or otherwise cause fire or flame
  • Elevators, air conditioning and heating/hot water system will not resume operating until electrical power is restored
  • Fire alarms and electronic card access system will not resume operating until electrical power is restored; "firewatch" patrols may be ordered
  • Smoke alarms in student rooms will continue to function normally
  • Food in refrigerators should be checked for spoilage or thrown away