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Hurricanes are dangerous storms and can threaten the safety and operation of research laboratories. Plans should be developed well in advance of a hurricane to insure the protection of valuable research equipment, specimens and data. Once a hurricane watch is issued, these plans should be implemented in your research areas in preparation for the hurricane. Even with backup generators available, researchers should protect their valuable materials in case power, water and climate control go out of service for an extended period of time. Special arrangements may need to be planned to protect and prevent release of radioactive isotopes, biohazardous agents and hazardous chemicals. Here are some tips to help prepare for hurricanes.
Remember, you must take responsibility to protect your own laboratory. Plan ahead and implement your plan as soon as a hurricane watch is issued.
Questions concerning laboratory preparations for hurricanes should be directed to:
For radioactive isotopes: 744-3524
For biological agents: 744-3437
For chemical agents: 328-6166