The official source for severe weather conditions will be the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Based on information received from NOAA, the Crisis Management Plan will be activated and followed.
Upon notification and direction, all employees will begin back-up and pack-up procedures for offices and classrooms in preparation for campus evacuation.
The main defense will be to allow personnel appropriate time to secure their homes and, if needed, to evacuate while highways are open and safe for passage. All personnel not specifically assigned to college duties are to depart the campuses and take preventative measures for the duration of the storm. College buildings at the campus sites will be closed until after the storm.
Monitor media on status of event and prepare to return to work as soon as authorized.
Upon returning to campus, employees should investigate their designated areas for possible damage created by the storm and report to the Physical Plant immediately.
The objectives of hurricane protection are:
A warning that sustained winds 64 kt (74 mph or 119 km/hr) or higher associated with a hurricane are expected in a specified coastal area in 24 hours or less. A hurricane warning can remain in effect when dangerously high water or a combination of dangerously high water and exceptionally high waves continue, even though winds may be less than hurricane force.
An announcement for specific coastal areas that hurricane conditions are possible within 36 hours.
indicates that a tornado has been sighted and is a definite threat to a given geographical area.
indicates that conditions are favorable for a possible tornado.
Tornados occur suddenly, typically without warning. Evacuation is not advisable and preparation time is limited. The following steps are suggested actions that can be taken for protection against injury during a tornado strike:
Protective posture (duck and cover) will be assumed.