A hurricane is a specific type of severe tropical storm, often damaging because of their accompanying high winds and thunderstorms. The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June to November.
How to Prepare
- Keep aware of approaching storms that may have an impact on the campus community. Hurricanes are often tracked days in advance, so there is frequently time to prepare.
- Identify areas prone to flooding and report any clogged drains or rain gutters to Facilities Customer Service at 8-8000.
- Prepared emergency survival kits in case you need to shelter away from your home.
- Secure or bring in any outdoor furniture, smoker’s outposts, bicycles, equipment or debris that may normally stay outdoors. Pay special attention to loading dock areas where outdoor storage tends to accumulate.
- Make sure cell phones are charged and radios and flashlights have fresh batteries.
- Be prepared to evacuate if instructed.
- Fill vehicles and extra gas cans with fuel.
- Take steps to ensure that all aerial lifts are parked and stowed securely in a lowered position well before the storm's arrival.
- Loading dock staff should check dock areas for items normally stored outdoors and to move items indoors or secure them from high winds and flooding.
- Individuals who manage or work in laboratories, and science and engineering department managers, should consider additional measures outlined here.
What to Do During a Hurricane
- Listen to a radio for special instructions and changing weather conditions, such as tornado warnings.
- Evacuate quickly and calmly, if instructed to do so.
- Stay indoors and away from windows or glass doors. Keep curtains and blinds closed.
- Wait for the storm to pass. Winds may calm as the eye of the storm passes by, but beware that winds may pick up again.
After the Storm
- Do not touch downed tree limbs or wires as they may be energized and can cause electrocution.
- Be prepared for flooding even after the storm has ended.
- Stay out of any building if you smell gas.
- Follow instructions in case of power outage.
- Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure that it is safe.
- NEVER use a generator indoors. Hazardous levels of carbon monoxide can accumulate quickly, even if windows and doors are opened and fans are running.
For More Information
Visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency's website on Hurricanes
Visit the National Hurricane Center web site