Hurricane Safety

Hurricane Safety on Campus

Tropical storms and hurricanes are no strangers to Louisiana. During hurricane season (June 2 - November 30), several storms and hurricanes usually enter the Gulf of Mexico, presenting potential threats to Louisiana residents. In the event that a hurricane threatens southeast Louisiana, Southeastern Louisiana University will initiate procedures to ensure the safety of students and employees. This may include closure and evacuation of the campus and opening of secure shelter for those who may not able to leave campus. Remember that Southeastern is not a public hurricane shelter, and facilities will not be open to the general public.

When to Evacuate
Plans to evacuate the campus begin as early as possible when the region falls under a hurricane warning. If the storm appears to threaten the immediate region, the campus may be closed. If closure and evacuations are ordered, students will be notified through the news, media, university website, and announcements by faculty, student housing, and Division of Student Affairs personnel.

Evacuation Procedures
Once notified of a possible hurricane threat, the following procedures should be followed by students residing in residence halls or in off-campus apartments.
In the warning stage:
* Begin to make plans to proceed to your home or intended destination.
* Review which routes should be taken to travel to your home or intended destination.
* Listen to an Emergency Alert System (EAS) radio station or radio television stations for information regarding the weather situation.
* Fill the tank on your vehicle and check all other fluids, belts and tires.
* Pack items to take with you, such as changes of clothes, personal hygiene items. Take with you a portable battery-powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries. Do not leave cash or other valuable items in the residence hall.
* Take credit card and cash.
* Bring prescription medication and drinking water.

Residence hall students and employees who are unable to leave the campus are advised as to evacuation and shelter procedures.

Students residing off campus are advised to leave with a neighbor, friend, or family member the address and telephone number of the intended evacuation location. If you have questions about the campus being closed or an ordered evacuation, speak with a student housing staff person, or call the University Police Department (985-549-2222)

Weather Information
Emergency weather information will be available on most radio stations, area television stations, or the Weather Channel on cable TV. Emergency Alert System radio stations include KSLU (90.9FM) and WWL (870 AM).