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Severe storm procedures for students.
Notify your family where you will be for the duration of the storm. Remind them there is a possibility we could lose electricity, cell phone service, and local phones in the area. Let them know about website updates at
Take measures to protect personal possessions that are left behind in rooms/apartments during a storm. Personal items should be moved away from windows and taken off the floor. Electronic equipment and important books and papers should be placed in plastic bags to prevent water damage.
Make copies of all of your important electronic files (in case your computer is damaged) and put them on your
or other cloud file storage location. Shut off your computer(s) and related equipment.
Valuables should be placed in safekeeping. The University is not responsible for loss or damage of residents' possessions.
All windows must be closed tightly and locked. All window blinds should be closed.
All doors should be locked when you leave your room or apartment.
Each student should provide his/her own flashlight in case of power failure. DO NOT USE CANDLES OR OTHER FLAME-TYPE LIGHTING UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES; FIRE IS UNCONTROLLABLE DURING A HURRICANE. Use battery-powered lighting only!
Make sure you have enough cash to last you a few days. ATMs may be unavailable. If you do withdraw cash, take the necessary precautions to keep it safe.
Make sure you have an adequate supply of any prescription medications.
Fully charge cell phones, portable chargers, laptops, and any other battery powered items.
If you have a bicycle on campus, make sure it is securely locked to a bicycle rack.
Report all accidents, injuries, broken windows, or excessive water to Housing staff.
Before the storm, stock up on non-perishable food and water.
If you go to a shelter, we recommend you bring the following personal items:
Several changes of clothing
Medication that may be needed during your stay
Personal hygiene items
Snacks (food options may be limited)
Hurricane Season: June-November
Tropical Storm: An organized system of strong thunderstorms with a defined circulation and maximum sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph.
Hurricane: An intense tropical weather system with a well-defined circulation and maximum sustained winds of 74 mph or higher.
Category 1: 74-95 mph winds
Category 2: 96-110 mph winds
Category 3: 111-130 mph winds
Category 4: 131-155 mph winds
Category 5: greater than 156 mph winds