Safety Information

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When visiting The Clarice, your safety is paramount. Emergency situations are fluid and can change quickly. In an emergency situation, our staff will contact campus emergency services as soon as possible. 

Be prepared. Know your responsibilities.

Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility. Please be prepared:

Before you visit

During your visit

  • If you see something suspicious, say something. Contact Campus Emergency Services regarding suspicious activity by calling 911 or 301.405.3333.
  • Look for your nearest exit. In the case of emergency, walk, do not run, to that exit.
  • In the case of emergency, please follow all instructions provided by emergency first responders. For your reference, safety information is included in the printed program for most public performances.

Emergency Planning

As you plan for the specific types of emergencies listed below, please keep in mind our assumptions about emergencies:

  • The Clarice could be exposed to a variety of natural and human caused hazards that have the potential to disrupt the operation and occupancy of the building.
  • An emergency and/or incident may occur at any time of the day or night, weekend or holiday and with little or no warning.
  • The sequence of events in an emergency and/or incident is not predictable.

Fire and Evacuation

  • Pull fire alarm if it is not already sounding.
  • Leave the building immediately using the nearest exit.
  • Do not use the elevator.
  • Call 911 or 301.405.3333 from a safe location.
  • Evacuate to the assembly point.


  • If you are indoors: Drop to the ground. Take cover under a sturdy table or desk, or protect your head with your arms and hold on.
  • If you are outdoors: Stay outdoors in the open away from power lines or anything that might fall.


  • The safest locations to seek shelter vary by hazard.
  • In some situations, it may be best to stay where you are and avoid any uncertainty outside.
  • For weather-related incidents, seek a low level and interior space away from corners, windows, doors and outside walls.
  • Check for UMD Alerts to know when it is safe to leave and for other emergency notifications.