CAROLINA ALERT

University Status:
The University is operating under normal conditions.

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Emergency Procedures: Hurricane

DEFINITIONS

  • Tropical storm watch - Issued by the National Weather Service when winds of 39 to 73 mph are possible in the area within the next 48 hours
  • Tropical storm warning - Issued by the National Weather Service when winds of 39 to 73 mph are expected in the area within the next 36 hours
  • Hurricane watch - Issued by the National Weather Service when winds of 74 mph or greater are possible within the next 48 hours
  • Hurricane warning - Issued by the National Weather Service when winds of 74 mph or greater are expected in the area within the next 36 hours

GENERAL TIPS

  • Follow instructions given by the University
  • Monitor local media and University website, www.sc.edu, for closings/delays

SHELTERING IN PLACE

  • Locate or create an emergency kit to include:
    • Bottled water (have enough to last you a few days)
    • Flashlights
    • Battery-operated radio or television
    • Extra batteries
    • Canned food and can opener
    • Dry food (bread, peanut butter, crackers, etc.)
    • Blankets and pillows
    • Cash
    • Battery and car charger for cell phone
  • Secure your area by closing all windows, window shades, blinds, or curtains
  • Close all interior doors and close and secure/brace all exterior doors
  • Find shelter in a small interior room, closet or hallway on the lowest level
  • Stay away from all windows and glass doors
  • Lie on the floor under a table or some other sturdy object
  • Turn off ALL utilities when instructed to do so, otherwise turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coolest setting and shut the door
  • Keep a supply of water for sanitary purposes; fill the bathtub or other large containers with water

EVACUATE UNDER THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS:

  • Directed by local or University authorities to do so
  • If you live in a mobile home or unsafe temporary structure
  • If you live in a high-rise building
  • If you live on the coast, floodplain, inland waterway or near a river
  • If you feel you are in danger

OFFICE PREPARATIONS

  • Unplug, cover, and secure vulnerable equipment with plastic
  • When possible, move equipment and other valuable items to the interior areas of the building and away from windows
  • Tag moved equipment with department contact information for easy identification and retrieval
  • In areas subject to flooding, relocate equipment and other valuable items to a higher floor or elevate
  • Remove or secure equipment from outdoor and rooftop locations
  • Clear refrigerators and freezers of items that could spoil if power is lost, but leave appliance plugged in
  • Place important records and files in cabinets and cover with plastic
  • Close and latch (or secure with tape if necessary) filing cabinets and cupboards
  • Back up electronic data and store in multiple locations
  • Clear desktops, tables, and exposed horizontal surfaces of materials that could be damaged
  • Place telephone in desk drawer if the cord is long enough; do not unplug telephone
  • Take home personal possessions; the University is not responsible for damaged personal items
  • Secure windows and close blinds
  • Change voicemail and automatic e-mail reply to indicate University closure
  • Close and lock all doors, including interior office doors, before leaving
 
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