In the event that a hurricane is predicted to impact the USciences campus or surrounding community the Department of Public Safety will implement it’s Emergency Notification System, which includes, but is not limited to text messaging, email and the emergency information website in order to alert the campus community.
What to do if you are on campus?
- Listen to the radio and TV for the latest information
- Seek safe shelter indoors and stay indoors
- Stay away from windows
- Keep curtains and blinds closed
- Move to small interior rooms, closet or hallway on the lowest level
- In the event of an emergency, call Public Safety at 215-576-7000 and 911
- Remain indoors until the all clear is given
Prepare an Emergency “GO BAG” and/or Disaster Supply Kit
- Include water and non-perishable foods
- Battery powered radio
- Battery powered flashlight
- Cell phone charger
- Important documents
- Emergency contact information
- Any items that you may need in the event of an emergency that fit into a backpack
For more information visit: http://www.ready.gov/america/getakit/index.html
What is a hurricane?
A hurricane is a violent storm with intense winds, heavy rain and thunderstorms. The combination of the intense winds and heavy rains can cause significant property damage, storm surges, flooding and landslides. Hurricanes are classified as a Category 1 through 5 with 5 being the worst and are tracked as either a storm watch or storm warning.
Category One Hurricane - Sustained winds 74-95 mph – Very Dangerous
Category Two Hurricane - Sustained winds 96-110 mph – Extremely Dangerous
Category Three Hurricane - Sustained winds 111-130 mph – Devastating Damage
Category Four Hurricane - Sustained winds 131-155 mph – Catastrophic Damage
Category Five Hurricane - Sustained winds greater than 155 mph – Catastrophic Damage
Source: National Weather Service, The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale
Hurricane Storm Watch - storm conditions are possible in the specified area, usually within 36 hours. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.
Hurricane Storm Warning - storm conditions are expected in the specified area, usually within 24 hours.
Source: FEMA, Hurricane: Know the Terms
Additional Hurricane Resources
- Ready America - http://www.ready.gov/america/index.html
- FEMA - http://www.fema.gov/hazard/hurricane/index.shtm
- National Hurricane Center - http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
- Ready Philadelphia - http://oem.readyphiladelphia.org/Ready