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Panther Preparedness Checklist

Posted on Friday, September 08, 2017

Panther Preparedness Checklist

Clark Atlanta University Administration continues to monitor Hurricane Irma weather reports and forecasts from the National Hurricane Center.  As we do so, the safety and security of the CAU Family remains our top priority. If emergency measures become necessary, CAU is prepared to execute them without delay. As of Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, the University remains under normal operating conditions and schedules.

While the path of  Hurricane Irma remains subject to fluctuating oceanic and atmospheric conditions, meteorologists agree that the storm will likely make landfall on or near the Southern tip of the State of Florida (the Miami/Dade County Metro Area) very early Sunday morning, Sept. 10.  Forecasts anticipate that the Atlanta metro-area will begin to experience some advance effects of the storm, most noticeably increased rain and high wind speeds—which could possibly result in property damage and/or flash flooding--on Monday, Sept.11, and Tuesday, Sept. 12. You can review a 10-Day Outlook at Weather.com here: https://weather.com/weather/tenday/l/30314:4:US.  

Should weather patterns require the University to either alter its operating schedule, enact emergency procedures or both, you will be notified via your CAU Campus Email address.  Please ensure that you have access to your CAU email account before this time.

EMERGENCY NOTIFICATIONS:

If emergency notification becomes necessary, you should first consult CAU's campus media outlets.  The University will communicate with you using the process outlined in red below. Use the checklist provided to ensure that you are prepared to receive this information.

Ensure that you have access to your CAU email account before an emergency occurs. The most current CAU weather updates and changes in operating conditions or schedules will be emailed to your CAU email address.  In the event of an actual weather emergency, the subject line in your email will read, "CAU WEATHER ALERT."

Tune your radio to Jazz 91.9 WCLK to receive updated information via the University's public radio station. You may livestream the station’s broadcasts at WCLK.com. You also can view the University's current operating status via CAU-TV (Comcast Channel 23).

Current inclement weather-related alerts and updates will be posted on the University's website and social media.  You can bookmark them now: 

•Website: www.cau.edu

•Facebook: www.Facebook.com/clarkatlantauniversity

•Twitter: www.Twitter.com/cau

Make certain your emergency contact information is updated in BannerWeb. You and any emergency contacts you submitted will receive emergency messaging via telephone, email and/or texts.

During an emergency, you can check local broadcast stations for CAU Updates. These include: WSB-TV (ABC); WAGA (FOX); WXIA (NBC); and WGCL (CBS).  In addition to Jazz 91.9 WCLK, CAU updates also will be sent to the following local radio stations:  WABE (90.1FM-NPR); WVEE (103.3FM, CBS Radio);  and WAOK (1380M-CBS Radio).

DURING AN EMERGENCY:

The following steps will prove helpful should you be on campus at the onset of an actual weather emergency:

Be present when required. Students living in residence halls will receive official information and updates from University Administration via your residential directors. Off-campus students who are financially enrolled will be allowed to shelter in the Henderson Student Center during the weather emergency, and will receive information there.  To secure temporary shelter during the weather event, please call 470-755-3821.

Sign in for Safety.  There will be intermittent “room checks” during which you will be asked to sign a residential hall roster during the course of an emergency.  This will allow residential directors to affirm that all residents are “accounted for” during an emergency.

CAU Campus Police will patrol and secure the entire campus, including residential safety checks at least every 12 hours. Campus Police prioritize the handling of security and operational issues. Dispatchers will commandeer all available phone lines to resolve acute, weather-related emergencies. Should you need to report a problem, please first consult your RA or residential director.  If they are unable to assist you, then use the following contact numbers.

• Non-Emergency Calls: 404-880-8623

• For Health and Safety Emergencies: 404-880-8911

 Check local campus media for updated dining schedules and arrangements. Provisions for student dining will be communicated as appropriate via official campus media via the Cabinet-level officials responsible for these functions.  Your residential director also will provide dining service updates to you, as necessary.

Should emergency evacuation or sheltering become necessary, you will receive specific instructions from University Administration, and this information will subsequently be posted using the process (outlined in red) above.  If evacuations became necessary during a power outage, students would receive official evacuation or sheltering instructions from the Office of the Provost via their residential directors; faculty and staff would receive evacuation or sheltering instructions from the Office of the President or the Office of the Provost via your respective deans and unit leadership.

In the event of a complete power (electrical and cell tower) outage, faculty, staff and students residing on campus will receive posted information via intermittent dispatches delivered to buildings by CAU Campus Police.  Students residing off-campus should monitor external media (listed above).

MITIGATING ANXIETY DURING AN EMERGENCY:

We recognize that such a major weather event may precipitate atypical levels of stress. 

Try overcoming your very legitimate fears and concerns by keeping informed with expert information. For example, visit http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_at1.shtml?cone for the most accurate, up-to-date information.

Familiarize yourself with and follow these hurricane safety tips and procedures, as they may apply to your on-campus or off-campus residence: https://www.dropbox.com/s/vox2bo4vcxbfo0t/PMAHurricanPreparedness.pdf?dl=0

Prepare yourself and your associates for what may (or may not).  While we cannot forecast any particular outcome, the following site may help you put this emergency, as well as others, in context:  https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes. 

If you find yourself experiencing extreme levels of anxiety, campus-based professionals can help you process your thoughts, feelings and emotions in a confidential setting.  You should feel free to contact:

• Dr. Joy Bradford, Director of Counseling & Disability Services Center,

404-880-8044

  • Rev. Dr. A. Elaine Crawford, University Chaplain,

404-880-8041

AFTER THE EMERGENCY:

  • Check with your RA and/or Residential Director and continue to monitor official campus communications for any operational updates, including remediate and restoration activity, that may impact you or our daily routine.
Category: Administration, Faculty, Students, Staff
Keywords: Hurricane Irma, Panther Preparedness Checklist