"Blue light" or Public Emergency Response
Telephones (PERT) provide a toll-free, direct connection to the University
Maryland Police Department. These phones are located throughout the College
Park campus either inside or outside of residence halls, administrative and
academic buildings. Click here to see a list
or map of PERT locations.
A printable map(PDF) is also available.
They are either yellow or encased within a blue cylindrical column and are marked
"Emergency." All exterior phones are illuminated with a blue light, which makes
them easier to find. Callers may contact the University Police Department directly
by activating these phones. An emergency dispatcher will be notified of the
caller's exact location via a computer in the University Police Headquarters.
Many of the exterior PERT phones in cylinders have dial pads which provide the
additional capability of placing on campus calls. Many of the telephones are
also equipped with video cameras which are monitored by the Department of Public
Placement of the "PERT Phones" is usually determined by the Department
of Public Safety, in coordination with OIT's Networking and Telecommunications
Services. If you
have a concern about the placement of, or the need for an additional phone,
please contact DPS at www.umdps.umd.edu and
click on the "Security Survey Request" form.
To report any problems with the emergency phones, the list, or map of locations,
please call 301.405.1500 or send e-mail to the
NTS Service Center.