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The UMD Alerts System is a mass, urgent notification system, comprised of a variety of methods by which the University can notify students, faculty and staff of an active, major campus emergency:

  • Text messages (SMS) to mobile devices
  • Feed to Alertus Beacons
  • Early Warning Siren
  • Email (some email providers such as Yahoo may take up to 1 hour to deliver messages)

When the University of Maryland Police Department determines there is an active emergency in which the public safety of the campus community may be at risk, an urgent notification through the UMD Alerts System will be initiated. Examples of when UMD Alerts will be activated include but are not limited to:

  • When a person is actively shooting a weapon on campus
  • When a tornado is predicted to strike the campus area
  • When a major hazardous material spill is impacting a large portion of campus

All UMD Students, faculty and staff members will automatically receive text messages to their cell phone and email notifications to their email address associated with their UMD directory account.

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