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Personal Health Emergencies

There may be an occasion when a person on campus has a situation with their health condition or disability that requires immediate intervention. These typical, but uncommon events can include seizures, diabetic shock (insulin reaction), medication complications, and heart attacks and may happen anywhere on campus without apparent warning. Should such a situation arise, we recommend calling the University Police (410-455-5555) and give the building name, room number, and a description of the health emergency that has occurred.

Seizures/Loss of Consciousness

Although an ambulance is usually not needed for every loss of consciousness, seizure incident or insulin/medication reaction, University Police may determine that emergency personnel should be contacted to evaluate the individual’s condition and determine whether transport to a nearby hospital is appropriate. University Police are trained First Responders and work in partnership with 911 and nearby community emergency services to effectively respond to each situation.If a person experiences a loss of consciousness in a public place on campus (classroom, lab, dining facility, etc.) please dial 5-5555 from a campus phone or 410-455-5555 from a mobile or desk phone to summon emergency help and support. This should occur even if the person has made a request in advance to not call for help or to not be taken to the hospital in the event of a seizure or loss of consciousness. There is no practical way for a bystander to know if, or how quickly, a person will recover from that circumstance, if it is an event that the student/person would deem as being “typical” for them, or whether it is an unrelated new or worsening situation. When the person recovers consciousness, they will be able to explore their options, including the opportunity to decline transport or other medical services, and those wishes can be respected by faculty, staff, Police/EMS, or other bystanders, given the person’s lived experience with the underlying health condition at that time.

Campus Emergencies

UMBC has an Emergency Response Plan that is shared via the UMBC Police website on its Emergency Preparedness page.  The Plan includes a section on Campus Evacuation Procedures for People with Disabilities, which is excerpted on our site for ease of review. The current plan is 111 pages in length.