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 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.