Emergency Plan Key Information

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How To Prepare For A Hurricane

Hurricane season starts June 1, and ends November 30.

Know These Terms

  • Hurricane: An intense, tropical weather system with a well-defined circulation and sustained wind speed of 74 mph or higher.
  • Hurricane watch: Conditions are possible within the specified area within 48 hours.
  • Hurricane warning: Conditions are expected in the specified area within 36 hours.
  • Tropical depression: An organized system of thunderstorms with a defined circulation and top sustained winds of less than 39 mph.
  • Tropical storm: An organized system with a defined circulation and top sustained winds between 39-74 mph.
  • Tropical storm watch: Conditions are possible in the specified area of the watch within 48 hours.
  • Tropical storm warning: Conditions are expected in the affected area within 36 hours.

What do I do to prepare for a hurricane (general)?

  • MONITOR news and weather reports.
  • MONITOR the FMU website for FMUAlerts at (www.fmuniv.edu ) and the emergency resource site (www.wix.com/FMUalert).
  • REVIEW personal plans to minimize potential damage in case of direct impact.

As an on-campus residential student, what do I do to prepare for a hurricane?

  • HAVE emergency supplies and complete supply kit packed and ready, including an evacuation/ shelter kit if, necessary.
  • BE PREPARED TO EVACUATE , if ordered to do so by University housing officials.

How do I find out where to go, if necessary?

Shelter locations can be found on the FMU website and the FMU Emergency Resource Site.

What do I do to prepare for a hurricane if I am an FMU employee?

  • FAMILIARIZE yourself with your departmental plan.
  • HAVE your emergency supply kit ready.

NOTE: When a hurricane warning is issued by the National Weather Service, The University President or his/her designee may authorize the University to close. Official closings will be announced by the University to local newspapers, radio and television stations, the FMU Webmaster and the hurricane hotline that serves all campuses.

What should I know about tornadoes?

  • The most active months for tornadoes are June through August during the afternoon’s buildup of heat in the lower atmosphere.
  • However no season or time of day is exempt from this powerful and deadly weather phenomenon.
  • Land falling tropical storms and hurricanes also generate tornadoes.
  • Tornadoes can last from a few seconds to more than an hour.
  • The path can be from a few dozen yards to a few hundred yards.
  • Using the actual damage to determine the tornado’s wind speed is the basis of the Fujita Scale (F-scale).

What is a tornado watch?

This is issued by the National Weather Service when conditions, which may produce tornadoes or severe thunderstorms, are present or developing.

What should I do during a tornado watch?

CONTINUE normal activities, but have a safety plan in mind, and be ready to implement it, if the warning is issued.

What is a tornado warning?

  • This is issued when a tornado or severe thunderstorm has been detected or sighted.
  • The warning will tell you the location and movement of the severe weather.

What should I do during a tornado warning?

  • IMPLEMENT your safety plan immediately if you are in the path of the storm.
  • TAKE SHELTER if you see or hear a tornado or threatening weather approaching. There may not be time for an official warning.

What is a good tornado safety plan?

  • DESIGNATE a tornado safe area in your building. It should be an interior room without windows.
  • PUT AS MANY WALLS AS POSSIBLE between you and the outside.
  • GET UNDER heavy furniture.
  • COVER HEAD with arms and hands.
  • If outdoors, CROUCH in a low spot. COVER HEAD with arms and hands. DO NOT get under an overpass or bridge. DO NOT seek shelter under a tree.
  • GET OUT of a car immediately and seek shelter. NEVER try to outrun a tornado, they can change directions quickly.

Citation: Internet, various emergency preparedness sites.