Plan Fundamentals


There are five specific goals of this Emergency Management Plan:

  1. To promote the safety and security of students, staff, faculty, and visitors.
  2. To minimize damage to University infrastructure and resources.
  3. To minimize disruption of University programs.
  4. To ensure University emergency response procedures are compatible with local and national emergency response standards.
  5. To inform and assist the broader community as appropriate.

While many campus offices and departments respond in the event of an emergency, the command and control of the response must be managed centrally in order to:

  1. Facilitate the coordination and communication of responding units.
  2. Ensure that resources are available where and when needed and utilized appropriately.
  3. Ensure that the response to the emergency condition is timely and appropriate.
  4. Facilitate information flow to and from the larger community of interest.


An emergency is any unplanned event that can cause death or significant injury to employees, students, campus visitors, or the public; or that can disrupt operations; or cause physical property or environmental damage. The University conducts an annual vulnerability assessment to determine potential emergencies it needs to prepare for and to identify areas that require additional emergency planning.

Laws and Authorities

The following laws and policies impact how the University prepares for and responds to emergencies.

Public Law

  • Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 5, Feb. 28, 2003, Management of Domestic Incidents
  • Federal Civil Defense Act of 1950, as amended Public Law 920‐81st Congress (50 USC App. 2251‐2297)
  • Disaster Relief Act of 1974: Public law 93‐288
  • Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA), Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) Title III
  • Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, PL 106390, as amended (USC Title 42, The Public Health and Welfare Chapter 68, Disaster Relief), 2000
  • The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000) (P.L. 106‐390)

Maryland Statutes

  • Annotated Code of Maryland, Public Safety, Title 14
  • Maryland Emergency Management Act

University Systems Policy

  • VI‐13.00, Policy on Campus Emergency Planning, Preparedness, and Response

University of Maryland, Baltimore Policy

  • XI ‐ 3.00(A), UMB Threat Response and Assessment Coordination Policy

Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

  • 29CFR1910.120, Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard
  • 29CFR1910.38, Emergency Action Plans Standard
  • 29CFR1910.39, Fire Prevention Plans Standard

Planning Conditions

  • The University is located in downtown Baltimore, Maryland. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the city is over 620,000.
  • The University includes the schools of medicine, dentistry, law, pharmacy, nursing, social work, and graduate studies. Campus facilities include nearly 6 million square feet in 62 buildings on 61 acres in West Baltimore near the Inner Harbor. The University has approximately 12,000 students, faculty, and staff.
  • Law enforcement is provided to the campus by the University Police Department located on campus. The department maintains accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. In addition, it maintains a close relationship with the Baltimore Police Department and other police agencies in the state.
  • Fire, emergency medical, and HAZMAT services are provided by the Baltimore City Fire Department. The University also has a trained and equipped internal HAZMAT team.
  • Health and safety services to the campus are provided by the University’s Environmental Health and Safety Department.
  • Health services are provided on campus by the University’s Student and Employee Health Department. If emergency care is required, the Baltimore City Fire Department provides ambulance transportation to the University of Maryland Medical Center or other local hospitals.
  • The University receives its power from Baltimore Gas & Electric through four dedicated 13.2Kv feeders from the Greene Street substation. Veolia provides heating service (steam). Potable and fire protection water is provided by Baltimore City.

Mutual Aid Agreements

Recognizing the University’s limited resources, mutual aid agreements provide access to additional critical resources to respond to major emergencies. Mutual aid agreements are in place with regional universities to help supplement the University’s emergency response capabilities.