The Security office is responsible for all LDEO security matters, including oversight of security guards, distribution of building/room keys, parking, visitor access, emergency operations and oversees installation of LDEO locking systems and other security technology.


Medical, Police, Fire Emergencies requiring immediate response call 911 then call 555 from any campus phone or (845) 359-2900 to notify Safety/Security office so that we may direct the emergency responders.  Dialing 911 directly will also connect you with Emergency Response.

Note: Medical Emergencies - The LDEO Campus is equipped with 6 Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) located in the following buildings:  Administration, Comer, Geoscience, Monell, Oceanography and the Guard Booth. In a medical emergency call 911 THEN 555 for assistance.

NON life threatening emergencies (e.g. broken water lines, leaks, chemical spills/odors, wildlife hazards, which do not reguire external agency response dial 555 from any campus phone or (845) 359-2900 if using a cell phone or off campus.

For further information on various campus emergiences which could arrise, see the Lamont Campus Emergency Response Handbook .


Keys are issued by the LDEO Security Office, located at Administration Bldg, room 101.  Keys will only be issued to regular Lamont employees, DEES students, and Visitors / Adjuncts as needed.

A Key Request Form  is to be completed by the Associate Director or Division Administrator for Division personnel who they deem requires a key to a building and/or room/lab.  For a laboratory, the lab Principle Investigator (PI) will also need to authorize key issuance.  After signed by the AD/DA (and PI if required) the form is then to be brought by the employee/student/visitor to the LDEO Security Office (Administration 101).   

The employee/student/visitor understands that by signing this form he/she acknowledges that they must take responsible care of key(s) and return each key upon termination/resignation of service or end of visit.  The Division will be charged $10 for each key not returned.  Charges for keys may not be charged to sponsored projects or to individuals.


Parking/Vehicle Registration

See  Parking Policy  for details on campus parking and vehicle registrations. 



To authorize a visitor to the campus, please email the Security office at

 See Parking/Visitor Policy for details on visitor procedures.


Active Shooter Guidelines

Below is a video made by the City of Houston Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security that has valuable advice on safety measures and what to do if you ever find yourself in an active shooter situation.   The three important words to remember are:  Run. Hide. Fight. 


Howie Matza
Extension: 8822
FAX: (845) 365-8101 

Cathy Troutman 
Assistant Manager
Extension: 8860
FAX: (845) 365-8101 

Wanda Espinal
Administrative Assistant
Extension: 8990 or dial 0 for Operator
FAX: (845) 365-8101


Joshua Davenport
Night Supervisor (Custodial & Security)
Extension: 8418
FAX: (845) 365-8101

After Hours Telephone - (845) 359-2900 / (845) 365-8370