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How to prepare in the event of a severe storm

…from Norfolk State University | Office of Communications and Marketing


The U.S. National Hurricane Center is predicting that Hurricane Joaquin will strengthen over the next couple of days and could impact the Hampton Roads region. Hurricanes are severe storms that can cause serious damage from high winds, heavy rain and flooding.

Here are some precautions to take. ALL NSU FACULTY AND STAFF are responsible for protecting office equipment (i.e., computers, printers, televisions, video equipment, copiers, etc.) within their offices and common areas.

· CPUs that are stationed on the floor should be raised about two inches using old books or wood blocks.

· Cover printers and computer monitors with heavy plastic.

· Lock up and secure important files. Even if your office is not located on the first floor, if high winds blow out windows on upper floors, flooding can still occur from rain being driven by high winds.

· Park University vehicles throughout campus to avoid damages at one central location. If your office or department has use of a state vehicle, all state vehicles should be fully serviced: gasoline and oil.

· Secure office spaces: unplug electronic equipment, i.e., computers, television sets, radios, etc.

· Lock file cabinets and place documents, disks, flash drives and other files in plastic coverings.

· Check the entire office to ensure that equipment is protected and offices, file cabinets, etc. are locked and secured.


If you are at home, you should do the following.

· Continually monitor local news stations for the most up-to-date information on severe weather.

· Secure your home:

· Take in or secure loose outdoor items, i.e., lawn furnishings, garden décor, tools, etc.

· Board up windows, garage and porch doors. Large windows should be braced inside and out. Taping windows will lessen the hazard of flying glass.

· In case government officials order an evacuation, fill up your car with gas before the storm.

· Pack emergency supplies including prescription medicines, water, canned foods, snacks, games, etc.

· Adjust the thermostat on your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest settings. If you lose power, your food will last longer over the hours or days you are without power.

· If you do not have a generator, get a car cell phone charger so you can charge your phone or if possible, have an extra phone battery.

· Place important documents in a waterproof container or watertight re-sealable plastic bag.

· Put family pets in a safe area and provide them with ample food (dry) and water. Make arrangements for your pets in case of evacuation. Most shelters in the region do not allow pets.

· Have batteries, flashlights and a battery-powered radio on hand.

· If you stay in your home during the storm, take shelter in an interior room, closet or bathroom.

· Fill containers with several days’ supply of drinking water and fill bathtubs with water for sanitary use.

· Have non-perishable and packaged food on hand. For canned goods, be sure to have a manual can opener.

· Have cash in small bills in case ATMs are not working.

· If your area is prone to flooding, place items high off the floor to avoid water damage.