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Emergency Preparedness - Flooding

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Emergency:  Flooding

In Case of Minor Imminent Flooding | In Case of Major Imminent Flooding | During an Evacuation | After a Flood

In Case of Minor Imminent Flooding

  1. Secure vital equipment, records, and chemicals (move to higher, safer ground).  Shut off all electrical equipment.  Secure all laboratory experiments

  2. Wait for instructions from the Department of Campus Safety & Security for immediate action

  3. Do not return to your building unless you have been instructed to do so by someone from the emergency operations center or the Department of Campus Safety & Security.

In Case of Major Imminent Flooding

  1. Evacuate campus immediately.  See Evacuation section of this guide

  2. Follow instructions from the Department of Campus Safety & Security for immediate action

Minor or area flooding of campus is a more likely scenario.  This could be the result of major, multiple rainstorms, or a water-main break.  In the case of imminent minor, weather-related flooding, the University Emergency Response Team will monitor the National Weather Service and other emergency advisories to determine necessary action such as evacuation of areas and cancellation of classes.  In case of water-main failure, affected areas of campus need to be evacuated immediately.  In this case, refer to the Evacuation section of this guide.

During an Evacuation

  • Listen to a battery-operated radio for evacuation and emergency instructions.

  • If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.  Remember to help anyone who needs assistance.

  • Follow recommended evacuation routes--shortcuts may be blocked.

  • Leave early enough to avoid being marooned by flooded roads.  Evacuation is much simpler and safer before flood waters become too deep.

  • If you are in a car and it stalls, abandon it immediately and climb to higher ground.  Many deaths have occurred from attempts to move stalled vehicles.

  • If walking, climb to high ground and stay there.  Avoid walking through flood waters.  If it is moving swiftly, even water six inches deep can sweep you off your feet.

After a Flood

  • Flood dangers do not end when the water begins to recede.  Listen to a radio or television, and do not return to area until authorities indicate it is safe to do so.  

  • Stay out of buildings if flood waters remain around the building.