During The weather conditions in South Florida can quickly change with little or no notice. Severe thunderstorms have the potential to produce a number of hazards that can pose a threat to life and property. Be prepared for flooding, lightning, and/or tornados which may occur during any severe weather event.



ACTION GUIDELINES

• Go to or stay inside a solid structure.
- Be alert to flying or falling objects.
- Stay away from windows, mirrors, glass, and unsecured objects.
- Proceed to a fully enclosed central hallway of the building, or a closed room with no windows.
- Do not use elevators.
• If requested, assist persons with disabilities to the safest area on the same floor.
• Refer to the sections below for incident specific information.

Flooding:
• Protect your area with sand bags, barriers, or other absorbent materials.
• Move to a higher floor in your building or evacuate to higher ground.
• Avoid driving or walking through standing or fast-moving water.

Lightning:
• If stuck outside, avoid pools or standing under tall objects, as these put you at greater risk of being affected by lightning.
• At the Coral Gables campus, a siren will sound whenever there is threat of lightning. Go to www.miami.edu/enn to familiarize yourself with the sounds the siren system makes during specific emergencies.

Tornados:
• Go into an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor, if possible.
• Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls.
• A vehicle or modular building does not provide good protection. Plan to go quickly to a building with a strong foundation, if possible.
• If shelter is not available, lie flat in a ditch or other low-lying area. Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.
• Stay in the shelter location until the danger has passed.

IMPORTANT CONTACT INFORMATION

Life Threatening Emergency (All Campuses) 911
Emergency Information Hotline (All Campuses) 1-800-227-0354
University Police Department (Gables Campus) 305-284-6666
Department of Security (Medical Campus) 305-243-6000
Campus Safety (Marine Campus) 305-421-4766 or 305-710-7991
Report Suspicious Activity (State-Wide) 1-855-352-7233

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