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Hurricane Sandy

Dear University of Maryland Community,

Hurricane Sandy is expected to begin affecting UMD College Park on Monday.  The campus administration is working together to ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff and to mitigate the impact of the storm.  Please view Provost Rankin's message to the University Community at

Please consider the following tips and precautions:

  • Have food and water available in your room or apartment
  • Make sure you have a flashlight and portable radio with fresh batteries
  • During the storm, stay indoors.  Move to lower levels of your building during periods of high winds and stay away from windows
  • If power goes out, do not use candles for light
  • Conserve power on your mobile device; only use for emergencies

If the campus begins to experience dangerous effects of the storm, the Department of Public Safety will issue text and email alerts through UMD Alerts.  Register for UMD Alerts at

For more information to help you understand and prepare for hurricanes and other tropical cyclones include:

NOAA’s Preparedness Guide:

FEMA’s “” Guide:

For help or to report an injury, please contact the University of Maryland Department of Public Safety at 301-405-3555.