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Residence Hall Safety Precautions for Hurricanes

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Office of Environmental Health & Safety

Hurricane Preparations for Residence Halls

Residence Hall Preparation for Hurricanes

  • Listen to radio and TV for warnings.  If possible have a battery operated radio available.

  • Well before the storm, move your vehicle out of low lying areas like College Hill Drive and Lower Minges Parking Lot to higher ground and park away from trees or other high wind hazards.

  • Residence hall staff will provide necessary instructions for emergency procedures.  Please act quickly when advised by staff to evacuate to other parts of the building, or make emergency preparations in your room.

  • Remain in the Residence Hall unless advised otherwise by staff.  In immediate danger, staff will instruct you to move to lower floors, the basement, hallways, or to evacuate the building.

  • Have access to flashlights.  Do not use candles or any open flame lantern, etc.  These are highly dangerous in a power outage.

  • Since the floors can get wet, all articles such as shoes, rugs, clothes, bags, suitcases, etc., should be placed on closet shelves, in dresser drawers, or on a bed.

  • All loose objects should be placed in drawers or closets.  Paper, books, etc., should not be left on top of desks or dressers.

  • Valuables should be placed in a theft secure place (or securable location).  All doors should be locked when the occupants are not in the room or apartment.

  • All windows and drapes/curtains must be closed tightly.

  • Due to heavy rain and wind, move all personal belongings away from the outside wall(s) in your room.

  • Have a container with some fresh water in case water supply is affected.

  • Check food in the fridge for spoilage in case electrical current is interrupted.

  • If caught outside, avoid contact with dangling or loose wires, likewise, do not touch trees or other items outside, because they may conduct electricity.

  • All elevators will be turned off at a time deemed necessary for safety.

  • Emergency shelters may be set up at various campus locations.  Residence hall students will be instructed of locations should the need arise.