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Emergency Procedures

In case of emergency remain calm and follow these instructions.

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Report an Emergency

Report all emergencies by dialing 301-447-5911 from your cell phone or 5911 from a campus phone. Do not hang up until the dispatcher instructs you to do so. Inform the dispatcher of the nature of the emergency, number of injured people, and the exact address of building, floor, area, or department.

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Medical Emergency

Call 301-447-5911. Provide adequate space for the victim(s) and emergency personnel.

  • Unless there is imminent danger, do not move any victim(s) until emergency personnel arrive.
  • Have someone escort emergency responders to the scene.
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Shelter in Place

Shelter-in-place during a weather or other outdoor emergency:

  • Find a sturdy building and go inside. Stay away from windows, glass, and objects that could fall on you.
  • For additional information contact 301-447-5357.
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Suspicious Person / Object

Suspicious person:

  • Do not confront the person.
  • Do not let anyone into a locked building or office.
  • Do not block the person’s access to an exit.
  • Call 301-447-5911. Provide as much information about the individual as possible, including direction of travel.

Suspicious package or object:

  • Do not investigate the object.
  • Call 301-447-5911. Notify your instructor or supervisor.
  • Be prepared to evacuate if necessary.
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Fire / Evacuation

Evacuation routes are posted in hallways— usually near stairwells or exits.

  • Activate the nearest fire alarm on your way out. If there are no fire alarms knock on doors and yell “fire” as you exit. Call 301-447-5911.
  • If you hear a fire alarm, you MUST evacuate.
  • Close doors as you leave.
  • Know two evacuation routes for your room — look for illuminated EXIT sign .
  • Do not use elevators.
  • Assist individuals with disabilities if possible. If a person cannot evacuate, report their location to emergency personnel.
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Active Shooter

  • Remain calm and quiet.
  • DO NOT APPROACH the perpetrator or draw attention to yourself.
  • Move immediately to a safe location:
    • If you can exit the building, do so quietly and quickly.
    • If you are in an office area, stay there and secure the door.
    • If you are in a hallway, go into a room and secure the door.
  • If hiding in a location, be sure to:
    • Lock all doors.
    • Barricade the doors with heavy furniture.
    • Close and lock windows, shut curtains/ blinds.
    • Turn off all lights and silence all electronic devices.
    • Remain silent, and
    • Remain in place until given an all clear by identifiable law enforcement.
  • Call 911 (or Public Safety Mount St. Mary’s at 301-447-5911) when safe to do so and inform them of the situation.
  • Once you are in a safe place, remain in place until identifiable law enforcement provides further instructions.
  • Do not attempt to rescue others unless you have been trained to do so and can do so in a safe manner.
  • Do not re-enter the area, and, if possible, help prevent others from entering the area.
  • Fight – should be the last resort if confronted with a lifesaving decision.
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Warning Sirens and Mount Alerts

If you hear the warning sirens:

  • Remain where you are unless unsafe to do so.
  • Shut all doors and stay away from windows.
  • If outside, take shelter in the nearest building.
  • If you receive a Mount Alert, follow the directions given.
  • For additional information contact 301-447-5357.