September 17, 2010

A Message from Dr. Jay A. Perman on recent events at Johns Hopkins Hospital

Dear Friends,

I am writing to you regarding the unfortunate events that occurred yesterday at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and to express our deepest sympathies for our colleagues. They experienced a crisis that put the campus community in fear for its safety. We now know that a person in the hospital shot a doctor before killing his mother and himself. We regret these tragic events in our Baltimore community.

I want to take this opportunity to reassure our campus community that the safety of our campus is a priority. The Department of Public Safety has increased its visibility. We have measures in place to help prevent similar incidents from occurring at the University of Maryland. We also have a campus emergency plan to guide us in mitigating emergency situations on campus.

In the event of an emergency on campus we would use our UMB Alerts system to send a timely message to our campus to provide information and instructions to help keep everyone safe. The UMB Alerts system allows us to send text messages directly to individual cell phones, but you have to be signed up to receive the alerts. If you have not already done so, please register for UMB Alerts at www.umaryland.edu/alerts.

Let’s continue to work together to keep our campus safe.

Sincerely,
Jay A. Perman, MD
President