When seconds matter in an emergency,
What is it?
The Addressing Initiative assigns street addresses to facilities on UMD-owned property in order to provide each one with a locatable address.
Why is it needed?
Street addresses are needed for two critical issues: 1) emergency communication; and 2) improved access to advanced mapping and navigation applications.
Currently, 911 emergency calls are dispatched using University building names and numbers known by only local public safety agencies including the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) and the College Park Volunteer Fire Department. Once street addresses are assigned and implemented, standardized street addresses will allow any emergency service – even those outside the University – to quickly locate your building when responding to a 911 call.
UMPD has asked that everyone learn your street address and use it in times of an emergency. When seconds matter in an emergency, a locatable street address makes a difference!
The following are strongly suggested to assist you in learning and using your street address:
When using a phone to call during an emergency please note the following:
Implementing street addresses will provide future benefits including enhanced campus wide navigation and way-finding for the University community and visitors using third-party mapping services. Applications like Google Maps and automobile navigation systems will be able to locate addresses effectively for directions, events and major safety coordination. We expect the public will be able to take advantage of these services in 2016.
How can I find out more about addresses?
You will receive University communication regarding the street address roll out. You can also find your street address at this website by checking the ADDRESS SEARCH tab or downloading the Addresses table in the FAQ's tab.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Addressing Initiative?
My current mailing address does not include a street address. Will my mailing address need to change for mail to be delivered?
Please check the Mailing Standards tab on this website to find out how to format your mailing address.
How do street addresses affect package delivery by third party services such as FedEx, UPS, and DHL?
When will street addresses be available?
Will services, such as Google Maps, MapQuest, Garmin, etc., work on campus when street addresses are available?
How will I be able to find my street address?
Now that we have a street address, what do I need to do?
Will building names or building numbers go away or change? Will I be able to use a building name or building number when I make an emergency 911 call for help?
My current mailing address already is a street address assigned by the County. Will my mailing address change? Why?
If your current mailing address includes a street number and name, please refer to the ADDRESS SEARCH tab on this website to check if your building’s street address has changed.
I am a student and my street address has changed. Who do I contact to find out what I need to do?
Will this alter department mailing labels and the addressing of interoffice mail envelopes? Will the address on my business cards and office stationery need to change?
Will the UMD Directory be updated with street addresses?
Will all UMD databases be automatically updated?
Who should be contacted with questions?
For specific information regarding addresses, please contact: