HURRICANE INSTRUCTIONS FOR RESIDENTS OF UNIVERSITY HOUSING

Department 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 of Miami 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 University e-mail. 

The 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.

 
PREPARATION BEFORE THE HURRICANE STRIKES

Gather the Following Supplies

  1. A seven day supply of prescription medications
  2. A week's supply of toiletries (toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc)
  3. A week's supply of cash
  4. Non-perishable snack-type food (crackers, power bars, cookies, pretzels, chips, peanut butter, jelly, bread, cereal, cans of tuna, soda, etc)
  5. Flashlight (preferably D-battery size), plus at least two extra sets of batteries
  6. Two large sponges
  7. Several clean bath/beach towels that can be used to pick up water
  8. Plastic bags or sheeting to store/cover property
  9. Optional:
    1. small, battery powered TV with antenna
    2. small, battery powered radio
    3. small, battery powered fan
  10. DO 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.

Do the Following

  1. Attend your residential college floor or UV apartment building storm preparation meeting.
  2. All windows must be closed tightly.
  3. In those facilities where blinds are provided, the blinds should be retracted or raised all the way.
  4. In Hecht and Stanford, where hurricane shutters are provided, shutters must be tightly closed shut.
  5. Furniture, including beds, and other property should be moved away from windows.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Valuables should be placed in lockable drawers, safes, and closets and should be kept under lock throughout the hurricane.
  9. Room/apartment doors should be locked when occupants are not in their rooms or apartments.
  10. Wash/dry all your dirty laundry.
  11. Fully charge your cell phone, razor, laptop, and any other battery powered property.
  12. Fill the gas tank of your car.
  13. Park your car away from trees with the emergency brake set and the transmission in park (auto) or reverse (manual).
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Call home to let them know where you will be during the storm and that you will contact them following the storm.

DURING THE HURRICANE

  1. It is essential that all residents stay indoors throughout the entire hurricane.
  2. When the winds get to 45 miles per hour:
    1. do not exit your building
    2. do not open an exterior door
    3. do not use exterior stairs, walkways or balconies
    4. do not open windows or hurricane shutters
    5. stay away from windows and exterior doors
    6. stay away from living/dining rooms in apartment area
    7. keep your flashlight with you
    8. elevators will be turned off until after the storm passes
      1. thus, residents in Hecht and Stanford will be restricted to their floors when winds reach 45 miles per hour
    9. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. If your room becomes uninhabitable, seek refuge in a neighbor's room. If your room is livable, let others take refuge with you.
  5. You may be directed by UM staff to exit your room and take refuge in the hallway as the winds grow stronger.
  6. 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 COUNTY.
  7. Report all accidents, injuries, broken windows, or excessive water to your resident assistant or the reception desk of your residential college or apartment area.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

AFTER THE HURRICANE

  1. Do not leave your building until your resident assistant or your building's loud speaker system says it is safe for you to leave.
  2. 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.
  3. Elevators will be turned back on after the storm passes. Emergency generators will power the elevators if electrical power is out.
  4. 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.
  5. Call home.