Severe Weather and Power Outage Information
Students should create a Personal Emergency Response Plan and communicate the plan with family and friends. In the event of severe weather and/or power failures, we encourage students to do the following:
- Pay attention to warnings, and encourage friends to do the same
- Stock up on water/food staples (at least three days worth) and try to avoid items that need to be kept cold or warmed up since it will require electricity
- Make sure prescriptions are refilled
- Make certain flashlights are operable since candles are NOT permitted during emergency situations
- If you have a car on campus, consider filling the gas tank (gas pumps need electricity)
phones and computer batteries in order to maintain communication with the University,
family, and friends during and after the emergency
- To extend the battery on your smart phone, turn off the mobile data when not in use. SMS texts can still be transmitted when the data is off.
- Save work on computer to avoid any losses
- Unplug electronics and move them away from windows to avoid power surges and damage from broken windows.
- Avoid using elevators because they can get stuck when the power fails
- Stay indoors, if you need to go outside, avoid walking under trees or near downed power lines (assume all wires are live)
an emergency kit.
- Special needs items such as prescriptions, eye glasses, contact lens solutions, etc...
- Important documents (passports, IDs, credit cards, birth certificate, social security card, etc…)
- Snacks and water
- Tell your CA, RA or HM if you are leaving campus
- If you live in a program or senior house:
- Remove things from the yard that are not well secured
- Avoid opening the refrigerator/freezer to preserve food items