INSTRUCTIONS FOR RESIDENTS OF UNIVERSITY HOUSING
of Housing and Residential Life staff will inform residents of necessary preparations
for a hurricane. Your resident assistant will provide specific
information and be your primary information source. Also,
emergency information can be obtained via the University
website at www.miami.edu/prepare,
the UM Housing website at www.miami.edu/housing,
the UM Emergency Information Hotline at 1 800 227 – 0354 and your
following procedures are for the safety and protection of students and
their property in the residential colleges and University Village. However, the University
is not responsible for damages to, or for loss of, personal property as
a result of a hurricane.
BEFORE THE HURRICANE STRIKES
the Following Supplies
- A seven day supply of
- A week's supply of
toiletries (toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc)
- A week's supply of cash
- Non-perishable snack-type
food (crackers, power bars, cookies, pretzels, chips, peanut butter,
jelly, bread, cereal, cans of tuna, soda, etc)
- Flashlight (preferably
D-battery size), plus at least two extra sets of batteries
- Two large sponges
- Several clean bath/beach
towels that can be used to pick up water
- Plastic bags or sheeting to
- small, battery powered
TV with antenna
- small, battery powered
- small, battery powered
NOT PURCHASE ALCOHOL, BECAUSE CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL IS PROHIBITED,
EVEN IF YOU ARE 21 OR OLDER, IN UNIVERSITY HOUSING DURING A HURRICANE
WATCH, HURRICANE WARNING, OR HURRICANE IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY.
- Attend your residential
college floor or UV apartment building storm preparation meeting.
- All windows must be closed
- In those facilities where
blinds are provided, the blinds should be retracted or raised all the
- In Hecht and Stanford, where
hurricane shutters are provided, shutters must be tightly closed shut.
- Furniture, including beds,
and other property should be moved away from windows.
- Because floors may get wet,
all articles (electronic equipment, shoes, rugs, clothes, bags,
suitcases) on floors should be picked up. Placing these articles in
plastic trash bags (available at reception desk) will help protect them from water damage.
- All loose objects should be
placed in drawers and closets. Papers, books, etc., should not be left
on tops of desks or dressers. Placing these articles in plastic trash
bags will help protect them from water damage.
- Valuables should be placed
in lockable drawers, safes, and closets and should be kept under lock
throughout the hurricane.
- Room/apartment doors should
be locked when occupants are not in their rooms or apartments.
- Wash/dry all your dirty
- Fully charge your cell
phone, razor, laptop, and any other battery powered property.
- Fill the gas tank of your
- Park your car away from
trees with the emergency brake set and the transmission in park (auto)
or reverse (manual).
- In University Village, after
the University closes classes/operations, use stairs to access upper
floors of apartment and garage buildings. Elevators will be turned off
until after the storm passes.
- If you are going home,
off-campus, or elsewhere on campus, inform your resident assistant or
the reception desk of your residential college/area of where you will
be during the storm and update your information on the University's emergency preparedness
website via CaneLink.
- Call home to let them know
where you will be during the storm and that you will contact them following the storm.
- It is essential that all
residents stay indoors throughout the entire hurricane.
- When the winds get to 45
miles per hour:
- do not exit your building
- do not open an exterior
- do not use exterior
stairs, walkways or balconies
- do not open windows or
- stay away from windows
and exterior doors
- stay away from
living/dining rooms in apartment area
- keep your flashlight
- elevators will be turned
off until after the storm passes
- thus, residents in
Hecht and Stanford will be restricted to their floors when winds reach
45 miles per hour
- because it is not safe
to be outside, University maintenance, housekeeping, police &
emergency services will be limited to those personnel staying in the
residential colleges during the storm.
- If water is coming into your
room, try to prevent/limit damage by collecting the water with sponges
and towels and wringing them out over an empty waste can. Put a towel
around leaking windows, pipes, and doors. Also, your resident assistant
has sponge mops and buckets to help. UM housekeeping and maintenance
assistance will be very limited due to the risk/difficulty of them
moving between floors and buildings.
- If your room becomes
uninhabitable, seek refuge in a neighbor's room. If your room is
livable, let others take refuge with you.
- You may be directed by UM
staff to exit your room and take refuge in the hallway as the winds
- CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL IN UNIVERSITY HOUSING IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED - EVEN IF YOU ARE OVER 21 -
DURING A HURRICANE WATCH, HURRICANE WARNING, OR HURRICANE IN MIAMI-DADE
- Report all accidents,
injuries, broken windows, or excessive water to your resident assistant
or the reception desk of your residential college or apartment area.
- If electrical power goes off
in your residential college, within one minute, an emergency generator
will power hallway emergency lighting, fire alarms, fire sprinklers,
and water pumps.
- You may not leave your
building after the storm until your resident assistant or your
building's loud speaker systems says that it is safe to do so.
- Do not leave your building
until your resident assistant or your building's loud speaker system
says it is safe for you to leave.
- Report any water leaks,
flooding, and damage to Facilities Customer Service at (305) 284-8282 or via the web at www.miami.edu/sro; if the phones are not
working and/or the internet is down, go to your college/area reception desk.
- Elevators will be turned
back on after the storm passes. Emergency generators will power the
elevators if electrical power is out.
- For information on cafeteria
schedules and when classes will resume, contact your resident
assistant; check your UM email account; check UM website; and/or the UM
Emergency Information Hotline 1-800-227-0354.
- Call home.