Safety & Security

Dothan Campus Hurricane Information

Purpose

The purpose of this plan is to provide a procedure to maximize the security of Dothan Campus faculty, staff, students, and property in the event of a hurricane.

Definitions/Explanations

Tropical Storm: Distant rotary circulation's; constant wind speed ranging from 39 to 73 miles per hour.

Hurricane: Pronounced rotary circulation constant wind speed of seventy-four miles per hour or more.

Hurricane Watch: A hurricane may threaten coastal and inland areas.

Hurricane Warning: A hurricane is expected to strike an area within 24 hours.

Procedures

Upon receipt of an NOAA Weather Alert broadcast stipulating a "Hurricane Watch" or "Warning" for the Gulf Coast, the Switchboard Operator will notify the Public Safety Director, Public Safety Coordinator, or University Police.

The Public Safety Director or Public Safety Coordinator will perform one or more of the following action statuses based on the EMA's initial assessment and subsequent updates on the situation:

Monitoring Status: This status is taken when the hurricane is more than 48 hours away from the TROY-Dothan Campus.

Monitor NOAA Weather Alert Radio and NWS Tallahassee

  • Monitor WTVY-FM (95.5) or WOOF-FM (99.7).
  • Notify and inform members of Crisis Action Team
  • The primary objective is to mentally prepare for "Watch" and "Warning" status actions.

Watch Status: This status is taken when the hurricane is 24-48 hours away from the facility.

  • Monitor NOAA Weather Alert Radio and NWS Tallahassee
  • Monitor WTVY-FM (95.5) or WOOF-FM (99.7).
  • Notify and inform members of Crisis Action Team.
  • The Public Safety Coordinator will inform the Safety/Emergency Team of their duties in the event the storm enters mainland and is a threat to the Dothan area.

Warning Status: This status is taken when the hurricane is less than 24 hours away from the facility and a storm is imminent.

  • Monitor NOAA Weather Alert Radio and NWS Tallahassee
  • Monitor WTVY-FM (95.5) or WOOF-FM (99.7).
  • Notify and inform members of Crisis Action Team as directed in Section IV of this manual.
  • The Campus Vice Chancellor or his/her designated representative will issue orders suspending all classes and closing the campus at a prescribed date and time.

Closing of the campus shall be accomplished in three distinct stages:

Stage 1: All classes and student-related activities shall be suspended. During this stage, students will be requested to leave campus.

Stage 2: All faculty, office, and other nonessential personnel will leave campus. The time of initiation of employee evacuation and the deadline for completing evacuation will be determined by the Campus Vice Chancellor or his designee. Once the evacuation order is given, it is mandatory that all affected persons leave at this time so emergency preparations can be completed.

Stage 3: This will be the final closing stage and all personnel will leave campus. This will normally be two to three hours after Stage 2 has been implemented. Stage 3 will be declared when all buildings have been secured and the Physical Plant department has completed their tasks. No person may remain on campus after Stage 3 is declared unless expressly approved by the President or his designee. University Police will remain on campus.

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