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The Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management.

The Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management is responsible for the protection of the College community, first aid, emergency assistance, 24-hour escort service (upon request), enforcement of campus parking regulations, and the lost and found service. Officers on each campus are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Dial 7-3333 from any campus phone or 240-567-3333 to reach a campus public safety office.

Quick References

Be informed on how to respond to emergencies on campus or the community.

Evacuation: Fire – Smoke – Bomb Threat
  • Notification will typically be via the fire alarm; in some cases, the MC Alert system will be utilized.
  • Assist in alerting others in the vicinity, but do not jeopardize your safety or the safety of others.
  • Leave buildings immediately using nearest exits/stairways; remain alert for emergency communications.
  • If applicable, assist disabled on upper floors to designated wheelchair assembly areas.
  • In case of fire, do not use elevators; otherwise, elevators can be used to evacuate.
  • Proceed directly to the designated exterior assembly area (See Evacuation Routes and Assembly Areas Map).
  • Do not re-enter buildings under any circumstance until informed that it is safe and the all clear is given.
Shelter-in-Place: Tornado – Weather Events – Environmental Hazards
  • Notification will be via the MC Alert (text messages and email), mass notification systems (PA systems), and/or public safety emergency personnel.
  • Assist in alerting others in the vicinity, but do not jeopardize your safety or the safety of others.
  • Close all doors and windows to the outside if possible.
  • If in laboratories, cease operations, close fume hoods in case the building ventilation systems are turned off.
  • In case of tornado, move to tornado safety areas –basements, interior rooms and halls away from glass.
  • If moving to safety or shelter areas, elevators can be used.
  • Remain alert for emergency communications, further instructions, and the all clear to be given.
Lockdown: Criminal or Violent Act – Shooter/Hostage
  • Notification will be sent via the MC alert system, email, PA system, message boards, and/or emergency personnel.
  • If observing an incident on campus, call 911 first and IMMEDIATELY afterwards call Public Safety.
  • Assist in alerting others in the vicinity, but do not jeopardize your safety or the safety of others.
  • Seek shelter in a secure room with a locking door if possible. Avoid open areas. Close, lock and move away from doors and windows. Turn off lights, remain quiet, and turn cell phones to vibrate.
  • Remain alert for emergency communications and further instructions, which may include staying, moving to another location, or evacuating.
  • If moving to another location or evacuating, elevators can be used.
  • Do not leave until instructed by emergency personnel and the all clear is given.

If you are indoors when the shaking starts: 

  • Move no more than a few steps and drop to the floor, preferably under a sturdy piece of furniture or against an interior wall away from windows.  Hold that position until the shaking stops.
  • If you are in a crowded area, drop to the floor where you are, and encourage others to do the same.
  • Do not try to leave the building during strong shaking.

If you are outdoors when the shaking starts:

  • Move to a clear area away from buildings, trees, light poles, power lines and anything else that could fall on you.
  • If you are driving, stop when you can safely do so.  Avoid stopping under anything that could fall on you, like traffic lights, or on anything that could be damaged in an earthquake, like bridges or dams. Stay in the vehicle until the shaking stops.

When the shaking stops: 

  • Expect aftershocks.  Follow procedures above each time you feel one.
  • Check yourself and others for injuries.  If you need assistance, call the Office of Safety and Security.  If injuries are potentially life threatening, call 9-1-1 first, then call the Office of Safety and Security.
  • Check the area around you for hazards, such as broken glass, small fires or downed power lines.
  • Be careful opening cabinets and closets, as items on shelves may have shifted.
  • Follow instructions provided by Security officers, Montgomery College ALERT, or through other College emergency notification methods.  These instructions may include evacuation information.

If you evacuate:       

  • Walk quickly to the nearest available exit that can be reached safely, alert others to do the same, and help persons requiring assistance, with their permission.  Your only evacuation notification may be a fire alarm.
  • Do not use elevators during an evacuation.
  • Notify Security officers or other responding emergency personnel of any persons remaining in the building.
  • Go to the nearest evacuation area (see Emergency Procedures, pp. 28-34). Evacuation area maps are posted in each building.
  • Do not re-enter a building unless directed by a Security officer, fire/rescue or a clearly identified member of the Campus Response Team.