UM Monitoring Progress of Tropical Storm Isaac: Advisory 1

Operations currently running on nearly a regular schedule. More updates this weekend.

Coral Gables (August 24, 2012) — The University of Miami administration continues to monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Isaac. At this time, all classes, events, and clinical activities are operating on a regular schedule.

The worst weather is forecast to affect our area Sunday afternoon into Monday morning. Accordingly, all non-essential operations on the Coral Gables campus will close at 4 p.m. Sunday. These include the Herbert Wellness Center, Libraries (including law library), and Whitten University Center. At present, plans are for residential college dining halls to remain open. The Hurry ’Cane shuttle service will stop running at 4 p.m.

There are no plans to curtail clinical activities at the Miller School of Medicine. The library on the Miller School campus will close at 4 p.m. Sunday.

The library on the Rosenstiel School campus will be closed Sunday.

No decision has been made about any possible closures on Monday. The University’s Crisis Decision Team will monitor and assess the situation over the weekend. 

Throughout the weekend members of the University community are urged to monitor the UM homepage, the Emergency Preparedness website, the Emergency Information Hotline at 1-800-227-0354, and local media for updates concerning University activities and operations that could potentially be impacted by the storm.

The following are some action guidelines for before, during, and after a storm:

Before
- Make sure your contact and emergency information is correct and up-to-date in your myUM profile.
- Visit www.miami.edu/myUM, and on the right under the “Personal & Biographical Info” section, click “Personal, Address and Emergency/Evacuation Information.”
- Back up all computer files on a network drive.
- Make sure you have all important phone numbers for your supervisor and the UM Emergency Information Hotline,1-800-227-0354.
- If your work area is prone to flooding or leaks, access the need for covering office equipment with plastic; the materials can be procured from your Facilities Management/Physical Plant offices.
Gables Campus: 305-284-8282
Medical Campus: 305-243-6019
Marine Campus: 305-421-4066
- Monitor Official Social Media Feeds:
Emergency Management: Facebook and Twitter
- Supervisors and unit emergency planners should confirm through the UReady system that their unit’s continuity plan is up-to-date and that all relevant emergency plans and policies are readily accessible.
- Each unit’s human resources representative should download contact information from the Prepare Data Warehouse, and keep printed copies in multiple locations.
- All employees should prepare their area before leaving work today. Guidelines can be found on the Hurricane Preparedness website. We also highly recommend you take picture of your office if you have a smart phone or digital camera.

During

- Remain indoors.
- Do not open exterior doors or windows.
- Refrain from using alcohol or other impairing substances.
- Follow directions from your superior/University Officials.

After

- Students and employees should contact family members by any available means and advise them you are okay.
- Employees are encouraged to check in with their supervisor or designee to inform him/her your status and where you can be reached.
- Remain inside until local or University Officials say it’s safe to leave. If you must go outside, be cautious of fallen objects and downed electric wires.
- Await further instructions from University Officials
- Check for updates at www.miami.edu/prepare or 1-800-227-0354

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Emergency Information Hotline is 1-800-227-0354

Faculty, staff, and students are asked to regularly monitor officialcommunications issued by the University. The latest information is posted on the UM homepage and the Emergency Preparedness Web site at www.miami.edu/prepare. Information is also available at the University’s Emergency Information Hotline at 1-800-227-0354. Emails will be sent in the form of dated Storm Alert advisories.

All members of the UM community should take steps to ensure that the University can communicate with you in case a storm or some other emergency threatens our area. Make sure the University has your current contact information by verifying your profile (Personal, Address and Emergency/Evacuation Information) on myUM. When a situation warrants, mass text and voice messages and emails containing emergency information will be sent.

After a storm: Students, faculty, or staff who are forced to evacuate or temporarily relocate to another area should notify the University of their new location and contact information by going to https://recover.miami.edu.

Campus Safety Phone Numbers

Life-Threatening Emergency at Any Campus: 911

Coral Gables Campus
UM Police Department: 305-284-6666
           
Miller School Campus
Security Department: 305-243-6000

Rosenstiel School Campus
Campus Safety: 305-421-4766 or 305-710-7991


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