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NIAID-Specific Emergency Information

Reporting an Emergency
Call the following numbers to report crimes in progress, life-threatening situations, personal injuries, traffic accidents, or suspicious activities:

NIH Bethesda (Main) Campus
From an office phone: 911
From a cell phone: 301-496-9911

Off-Campus in Bethesda/Rockville Area
From an office phone: 9-911
From a cell phone: 911

Note: Be sure to alert the building security guards of all incidents.

Staying Informed

At times, specific NIAID buildings can be adversely affected by severe weather events or other types of emergencies. There are several options for staying updated on building-specific issues. Due to the nature of power outages affecting phone services and Internet access, we have several options available for communicating with staff.

  • Phone: Call 877-591-1853 or local call 301-443-8242 to get any NIAID-specific emergency information.
  • NIAID Facebook page
  • NIAID Yammer site —Enter your NIH email address and click Sign-Up. Use your PIV card and PIN to log in or your NIH network credentials and password.

Emergency Preparedness

If you are at work and face an emergency situation, refer to these guides for instructions on what to do and whom to contact:

Federal Government Information

There are three ways to find out the operating status of the federal government in the Washington, DC, area:

  1. Web: Federal Government Operating Status in the Washington, DC, Area
    App: OPM Alert (OPM website) is the official operating status app of the Office of Personnel Management​. This free app provides a real time look at the current operating status for federal government offices in the Washington, DC, area.
  2. Phone: 202-606-1900
    Hearing-impaired users may use the Federal Relay Service by dialing 800-877-8339 to reach a communications assistant (CA). The CA will dial the requested number and relay the conversation between a standard (voice) telephone user and text telephone (TTY) user.
  3. Email: Sign up to receive email notification of changes in the operating status of the federal government in the Washington, DC, area.

Local Government Information

Go to Capitalert to sign up for free emergency alerts from local governments in the Washington, DC, area.




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Last Updated April 23, 2015

Last Reviewed June 13, 2013