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Residential Student Hurricane Instructions

It is not uncommon for a hurricane to produce tornadosAll students will be alerted by the Residential Life Office to make preparations for a hurricane. Depending on each resident's personal circumstances, all residents will be encouraged to evacuate campus and go to their homes. If conditions warrant, evacuation of all students is desired. (Buildings must be examined to determine strength and safety.) This may not be possible, however, and Residential Life will ascertain and coordinate the status of all remaining students. Students are requested to keep their radios tuned to a local Fayetteville radio station WFNC 640 for storm advisories and general information. The following procedures are recommended in order to provide the maximum amount of safety and protection for those students residing in the residence halls.

The College, however, is not responsible for damages to, or loss of, personal property.

Preparation Before the Hurricane Strikes
  1. All furniture including beds should be pulled away from the windows. Electronic equipment (TV, stereo, computer, etc.) should be unplugged and placed off the floors, preferably in a closet.
  2. Since the floors can get wet, all articles such as shoes, rugs, clothes bags, suitcases, etc., should be placed on closet shelves or in dresser drawers.
  3. All loose objects should be placed in drawers or closets. Paper, books, etc., should not be left on tops of desks or dressers.
  4. Valuables should be placed in safekeeping. Closets and drawers should be closed throughout the hurricane. All doors should be locked when the occupants are not in the room.
  5. Those students who reside in facilities that are equipped with bathtubs are requested to clean the tub and fill it halfway with water. If the hurricane is a major storm, our water supply may be cut off. If this is the case, the water in the tubs will be needed for washing and flushing toilets. Fill several small containers with water for drinking purposes. If more drinking water is needed it will be made available through the staff as soon as possible.
  6. All windows must be closed tightly. All blinds/curtains should be closed.
  7. Any resident who owns a car should see that the emergency brake is set and placed in park or reverse gear. All windows should be closed and the car locked. All cars must remain in assigned parking areas.
  8. Each student should provide his or her own flashlight in case of power failure. Do not use candles or other flame-type lighting under any circumstances, fire is uncontrollable during a hurricane. Use battery powered lighting only.
  9. Residents who are unable to evacuate will be assigned to temporary housing as outlined in the Evacuation Plan.
  10. Remaining residents should provide their own snack items. Dining services will provide food when it is possible for the students to come to the dining hall. If food must be brought to the halls, the Residential Life Staff will notify students of the schedule and place. Grills and any other use of flammable items are forbidden.
  11. Residents will be required to check out of their respective hall with the Residence Director prior to leaving campus. If you vacate your residence prior to the storm, please make sure all windows and doors are secure.
Procedures During the Hurricane
  1. It is essential that all remaining residents stay indoors throughout the entire hurricane. Residents must not leave the assigned residential living unit until directed to do so by a professional Residential Life staff member. During the storm, for maximum protection, residents are to close room doors and remain in the hallways. If you are not familiar with a hurricane, there is always a lull in the storm when the eye passes through the area. Once the eye passes though, the storm begins again, but from the opposite direction. STAY INDOORS.
  2. Residents should proceed to the interior corridors of the residence hall(s) and remain away from danger areas, such as glass windows and doorways in lobby areas.
  3. First aid and/or food service will be made available whenever the storm passes or power is restored.
  4. Do not attempt to open windows or doors to see what is happening outside.
  5. Report all accidents, injuries, broken windows, or excessive water to a Safety staff member.
  6. Telephone calls should be made only in case of emergency. The lines, if still working, will be overloaded.
  7. "Hurricane Parties" are only for the movies. Do not drink alcohol? Everyone must think clearly during a hurricane. Emergency Assistance: Residential Life Staff have First Aid Kits. Primary First Aid assistance will be available to all Residence Halls housing students. Subsequent medical attention, if required, for resident students and essential staff will be available at the Student Health Center. If everyone will remain calm, stay inside and observe all instructions and precautions, there is reduced danger.
Definitions of Hurricane Terminology

It is not uncommon for a hurricane to produce tornadosThe Eye of a Hurricane - the great spiraling winds of a hurricane surround a relatively calm center called the "eye." This calm is a deadly deception as maximum force winds and torrential rains border it. Many deaths and injuries have been caused by those venturing out when the eye passes only to be caught later in the maximum destructive force of the storm. Hurricane - A type of tropical storm with strong winds circulating around an extreme low-pressure area. When wind speed reaches 74 miles per hour the storms are classified as hurricanes.

Hurricane Watch - Issued when a hurricane may threaten a specified land area within 24 to 36 hours.

Hurricane Warning - issued when a hurricane (winds more than 74 miles per hour) is expected in a specific land area within a 24-hour period.

Tornado - rotating column of air revolving around a low-pressure center, having a vortex several hundred yards in diameter, whose whirling may reach speeds up to 300 miles per hour.

Tropical disturbance - a moving area of thunderstorms in the tropics that maintains its identity for at least 24 hours.

Tropical storm - a weather formation with distinct circulation and highest wind speeds of between 39 and 73 miles per hour.

Wind shear - intense, upward and downward moving columns of wind.

Saffir/Simpson Hurricane Intensity Categories

Dark cloudsIn use since 1975, the Saffir/Simpson scale categories storms as Category 1-5, based on barometric pressure, sustained wind velocity, and storm surge. A Category 1 is the least destructive, whereas Category 5 is catastrophic. 


CategorySustained WindsDamage
1 74-95 mph Minimal
2 96-110 mph Moderate
3 111-130 mph Extensive
4 131-155 mph Extreme
5 >155 mph Catastrophic




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