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Read IT's guidelines for computer and data protection best practices, hurricane preparation, and recovery.

Individual Action steps are only to be taken when authorized by the department or supervisor. Upon notification of the University closing in response to a hurricane, all personnel should attempt to accomplish the following on an individual basis:

  1. Clear desk tops completely of paper and other articles.
  2. Back-up critical files and store them in an off-site location.
  3. Remove any food and perishable supplies.
  4. Move desks, file cabinets and equipment away from windows and off the floor; store as much equipment as possible in closets or in windowless rooms away from external walls.
  5. Remove all loose items (garbage cans, chairs, tables, plants, etc.) from outside the buildings.
  6. Remove all items from window ledges.
  7. Protect books, valuable papers, and equipment by storing them in a safe location away from any windows.
  8. Close and secure all windows and doors.
  9. Lock all file cabinets and desk drawers.
  10. Provide for the necessary care and feeding of all animals, where applicable.
  11. Turn off (preferably disconnect) all electronic equipment including computers, lights, window air conditioners, microwaves, etc. Refrigerators should be left on at the coldest setting.
  12. In locations where flooding is a possibility, to the extent practical, relocate critical equipment from the ground floor to a higher floor or a higher off-site location.
  13. NO UNIVERSITY BUILDING IS DESIGNATED AS AN OFFICIAL HURRICANE SHELTER. Non-essential employees are forbidden from seeking shelter in University facilities. They should remain at home, stay with friends, or go to a public shelter. Essential employees from pre-determined departments will remain on campus. Arrangements for housing these essential employees and their families must be included as part of their respective UReady Unit Plans. Essential employees and their families staying in a University facility should bring with them:
    • food and water for at least a 24-hour period
    • ice chest and ice
    • first aid supplies and any needed medication
    • bedding items
    • flashlight and batteries
    • battery-operated radio and/or television
    • Reading material, toys, etc. for children
    Essential Employees should notify their supervisors if they are on campus and in which building they will be staying.
  14. Notify your immediate supervisor whether you plan to evacuate, stay at home, or stay on campus; provide an address and telephone number where you can be reached if you evacuate.
  15. Listen for storm updates on the radio and/or television. All instructions given by the local authorities should be followed; no attempt to come to the office should be made until the 'all clear' is given by local authorities
  16. After the storm, call your designated contact for your department or call your supervisor/department chair; make sure you have the home phone number of the contact with you during a disaster.

Additional Individual Precautions – At home

  1. Stay away from low-lying beaches or other locations, which may be swept by high tides or storm waves. Leave those areas early because roads to safe locations may become impassable several hours prior to the arrival of hurricane conditions.
  2. Stay home if your house is safe from high water and flash flooding.
  3. Bring in everything that could blow away - garbage cans, garden tools, furniture, and plants. Remove limbs from trees that may damage your house or utility wires. Remove ripe coconuts from palm trees.
  4. Secure garage doors. Awnings that can be moved should be raised and tied securely or taken down. Fasten storm shutters or board up windows with good lumber.
  5. Do not drain your swimming pool. Turn off all electrical power to the pool and remove all loose items from the area.
  6. Have a flashlight in good working condition. If it is necessary to use candles or other emergency lighting and cooking facilities, be careful of fire. Have a bucket of sand or good fire extinguisher available to put out oil fire.
  7. Be sure you have sufficient food on hand that does not need refrigeration or cooking.
  8. Fill clean containers with drinking water
  9. Keep radio on. Battery-powered radio is a must in case of power failure.
  10. Check list
    • Board up windows with lumber
    • Car tank filled with gasoline
    • Pets inside or otherwise protected
    • Loose outside objects stored or secured
    • Tree branches tied or cut
    • Batteries
    • First aid kit
    • Matches and candles
    • Tape, masking/duct
    • Ropes
    • Portable radio
    • Canned and dry food
    • Plywood, various
    • Generator
    • Plates, cups
    • Manual can opener
    • Cooler, water
    • Eating utensils