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Erickson Hall Flood Updates

Update on Water Damage in Erickson Hall

What Happened:

On Friday, May 3, the sprinkler system was triggered on the second floor of Erickson Hall West due to athletic play in the hallway. The sprinkler triggered the fire alarm for the entire building and the building was evacuated. Fire and on-­call facilities personnel responded to address the presenting issue. Both first and second floors of Erickson West received varying levels of water damage which affected 45 residents.

Residential Life has taken the following steps:

  • Residential Life continues to work with Facilities, Environmental Safety, and Housekeeping staff to restore systems and clean and dry the affected areas.
  • Residential Life staff has identified relocation spaces for all residents in need of alternative housing assignments.
  • Any residents with questions or who need access to their room to collect any belongings, please contact the Erickson Hall front desk by visiting the Erickson Hall lobby or by calling 443-­612-­7400.
  • Students received $25 on their campus card as a courtesy for food or small incidentals such as laundering clothing/linens

The restoration process is moving forward.  ABM and our UMBC teams are working diligently to correct all issues related to the flood.

Updates for Monday, Mary 20, 2019:

  • This is the final update.
  • The restoration process is complete, and the Fire Watch Program is going well.
  • Please continue to monitor your area, and report any concerns.
  • Thank you for your cooperation and patience during this process.

If you have additional maintenance or housekeeping concerns, please contact FXIT at

If you have specific questions or concerns, please contact Frank Caldwell, Associate Director at

Good luck on your exams!

Updates for Thursday, May 16, 2019:

  • The Fire Watch program is going well
  • Review May 15th updates

Updates for Wednesday, May 15, 2019:

As part of the ongoing fire alarm outage in Erickson Hall, the building is under a fire watch.  During this, staff will make periodic rounds though the building assessing life safety and have the ability to alert residents and first responders if unsafe conditions are found.

Current Building Conditions

  • The sprinkler system is fully functional and will continue to provide heat activated fire protection throughout the building
  • Smoke detectors in each suite and bedroom are fully functional and will continue to sound localized alarms at the point of trouble
  • The emergency generator will power emergency exit route lighting in the event of a power outage

Fire Watch

  • Fire Watch will be provided by a contracted Security Service from 9pm-9am
  • An hourly walk through will inspect for life safety issues
  • Any life safety issues discovered will be immediately reported to first responders


  • An evacuation may be initiated by a university official, security contactor, or resident, if needed
  • First responders will be alerted in parallel with occupants
  • Occupants in the area of the life safety issue will be alerted by any means available including bullhorn announcement, air horn sounding, door knocking, and mobile phone notification
  • Occupants in the surrounding area will then be alerted through similar means

If you have additional maintenance or housekeeping concerns, please contact FXIT at

If you have specific questions or concerns, please contact Frank Caldwell, Associate Director at

Good Luck on Your Exams!


  • Damage and loss to personal property should be filed with individual student and family homeowner/renter insurance.
  • For those electing to commute during this time and  need parking accommodations:
  • Send  your license plate number.
  • Residential Life will relay your license plate number to Parking Services. Should you receive a ticket, please let us know immediately.
  • You will have the ability to park in Zone A spaces through Friday, May 10.

Students should save emails from Residential Life and/or this webpage regarding this issue if they need to discuss academic concerns with professors. Please be sure to check back regularly; as we receive new information we will update this site.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact Frank Caldwell at