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10/27/2012

Hurricane Preparation

While the University’s Emergency Response Team closely monitors Hurricane Sandy’s course, you can practice these tips to prepare for a possible storm:

 

  • Charge all electrical devices.  In the event that power goes out, a full charge on your cell phone, tablet, laptop, or handheld game system will extend the life of your device.
  • Refrain from lighting candles.  Especially in an emergency, open flames can be a major fire hazard.
  • Replace the batteries in your flashlight, OR purchase a flashlight and extra batteries, OR download a flashlight app for your cell phone or tablet.
  • Close and tightly seal all windows.  If you can, pull screens down to prevent falling branches from making direct contact with the window’s glass.
  • If you leave your residence prior to the storm, tell your roommate(s) and friends where you’re going beforehand.
  • Pack a small bag (in case you need to evacuate) that contains:

o   Clothes for two to three days,

o   Toiletries,

o   Prescription medications and necessary medical supplies,

o   Non-perishable food/snacks,

o   Bottles of water,

o   USciences ID and keys,

o   Cash (especially small bills and change for vending machines),

o   Bedroll/sleeping bag and pillow

  • Find a battery-powered radio.  Tune it to KYW Newsradio 1060 AM – this will allow you to monitor the storm, should you lose power.
  • Register to receive emergency text notifications (alerts and emails) at https://alert.usciences.edu/login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fDefault.aspx.
  • Set your fridge to its coldest setting.  This will extend the life of your perishables just a little longer, if power is lost.  Just watch out that nothing freezes.
  • Do laundry now.  If we lose power, washers and dryers won’t clean your three weeks-worth of clothes.