|Hurricane Evacuation Plan|
If evacuating immediately:
Before leaving, please contact the Residence Life office to make sure your “Residence Life Emergency Form” is correctly updated. In addition to the information you provided on your form, please let us know names of other students who will be accompanying you and your date of departure. You can update your information in one of four ways:
- Stop by the Residence Life office during office hours
- Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, OR
- Call the RA On Call if the Residence Life office is closed (the university should still be open)
- Call the Office of Residence Life at 713-525-3836 and leave a voicemail with all your information (the university would be closed at this point)
Below are suggestions regarding how to secure your apt/room and what to take with you as you evacuate:
More detailed information:
Residents must have an evacuation plan, including a place to go, in the event of a category II (or above) hurricane warning. When conditions permit and time allows, residents with family or friends within safe driving distance of the University should promptly vacate campus housing. Non-local residents should consider vacating with a local resident or relocating to a hotel outside of the city at this time. Residents who have exhausted all possibilities and have no place to go should immediately contact a Residence Life staff member so that the University can coordinate transportation and accommodations. No resident will be permitted to remain in campus housing upon notice of a category II (or above) hurricane warning.
In the event of a hurricane warning or watch:
- Upon notification of a hurricane warning, residents should act as follows:
- Close and lock all doors and windows
- Remove all items for balconies/patios
- Unplug all electrical appliances
- Turn off air/heat and lights.
- Fill bathtub and sinks with water
- Pack a temporary bag.
- Make sure you have signed up to get emergency alerts from the University (available via text and phone calls
- Upon notice of a hurricane watch residents prepare for possible evacuation by doing the following:
- Secure personal belongings and place valuables in safe location.
- Clean all kitchen and bathroom sinks and bathtub(s). Make certain drain plugs are properly working and will maintain water.
- Remove all objects from floor.
- Fill vehicle with gasoline.
- Remove all objects from porch, balcony, walkway, and yard.
- Order needed prescription refills.
- Charge cellular phone and take your charger with you
- Make certain you have a working supply of batteries for flashlight/radio, etc.
- Clean out your microfridge/refrigerator of all items that could spoil in case the power goes out in your residence hall
- Conduct inventory of non-perishable foods.
- Confirm personal evacuation plan (determine where you will go and confirm with individual or hotel).
- Check on roommates and neighbors to see if they need your help (a ride to the store or to an off-campus place to stay)
- Check-in with your assigned RA
- Check the University website for pertinent information
- Suggested Supplies
- You will need the following supplies when you leave; put them all together in a duffle bag or other large container in advance:
- Flashlight with plenty of extra batteries
- Battery-powered radio with extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Prescription medication in their original bottle, plus copies of the prescriptions
- Eyeglasses or contact lenses (with a copy of the prescription)
- Water (at lease one gallon per person is recommended; more is better)
- Foods that do not require refrigeration or cooking
- Can opener
- Medical equipment and devices, such as dentures, crutches, prostheses, etc.
- Change of clothes for each household member and extra clothes for a week in case the university is closed temporarily after the storm
- Sleeping bag or bedroll and pillow for each household member
- Checkbook and cash (credit cards may not work if there is no power)
- Map of the area
- Rain gear
- Important papers to take with you:
- Driver’s license or personal identification
- Social Security card
- Insurance policies
- Birth and marriage certificates
- Stocks, bonds, and other negotiable certificates
- Wills, deeds, and copies of recent tax returns
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