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Updated Campus Preparedness Resources Now Available

By Maryland Today Staff

What would you do in the event of a tornado warning? What safety and security measures are in place to keep you safe on campus? The Office of Emergency Management and Business Continuity (OEMBC) has updated its emergency preparedness resources and reminds the campus community of safety lessons during September, National Preparedness Month.

The Emergency Guide is a concise, one-page resource that outlines recommended actions individuals should take in the event of various emergency situations. Staff and faculty can easily post it in their offices or keep at their desks.

The Be UMD Ready” booklet is a more comprehensive resource that serves as a one-stop shop for all things preparedness. It includes critical phone numbers, emergency tips, considerations for specific individuals, actions to take to be more prepared and what to do during various emergency events.

OEMBC has been working with the Division of Student Affairs to distribute printed versions of these resources to staff and residential students and will reach out to students at the First Look Fair on Friday.

The office will also host “Be UMD Ready: Emergency Preparedness” Zoom sessions this month featuring tips, resources and information on how campus departments coordinate during an emergency. Sign Up for any of the following sessions:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 13: 11-11:45 a.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 21: 12:45-1:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 26: 6-6:45 p.m.

Other opportunities to improve your preparedness include downloading the UMD App for quick access to materials via the “Safety” button and taking a first aid/CPR class this month. Registration is required:

Visit the Office of Emergency Management and Business Continuity’s website at for more information.

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