TO: All Laboratory Personnel
FROM: Kenneth P. Capezzuto, Executive Director
Office of Environmental Health and Safety
DATE: June 1, 2014
SUBJECT: Hurricane Preparations for Laboratories——————————————————————— ———————————————
When a hurricane occurs, time for preparation may not be available, therefore, the Principal Investigator and/or laboratory director should do advance planning and preparation appropriate to the specific needs of that laboratory. Current Emergency Preparedness information for the University may always be found at http://www.miami.edu/prepare; it is recommended that the Disaster Plan be reviewed, particularly the section on Unit Level Preparations which lists many issues for consideration in developing a plan specific to that laboratory. Additional general information regarding the handling and storage of chemicals and biological agents may be found in the Laboratory Safety Manual. The following recommendations are intended to minimize the damage resulting from a hurricane should the integrity of the laboratory structure be compromised.
EQUIPMENT, SUPPLIES AND DOCUMENTS1. Secure computers and other laboratory equipment.
CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL AGENTS7. If applicable, consider sending critical samples out of the area through pre-existing arrangements with bio-repositories and non-local collaborators/colleagues. If you do not currently have any arrangements, you may establish such through a University-approved vendor such as Kryosphere, Novare,or Fisher Bioservices. If you need special facility needs contact Facilities at 305-243-6375.