Before Leaving Campus

  • Turn off and unplug electrical equipment.
  • Move computers/fax machines/printers from rooms with exterior windows.
  • Back up essential data files and documents.
  • Secure or remove back-up diskettes, CD, or tapes.
  • Secure proprietary information.
  • Clear desk surfaces.
  • Secure or remove personal items.
  • Cover your computer with plastic.
  • Close blinds.
  • If necessary, assist employees with disabilities.
  • Vacate offices, closing and locking all doors.

Stay Informed

Emergency notifications will be sent by text or phone through KatSafe based on your preference through MySam.

Flood Notification Definitions

Flood Watch

High flow or overflow of water from a river is possible in the given time period. It can also apply to heavy runoff or drainage of water into low-lying areas. These watches are generally issued for flooding that is expected to occur at least 6 hours after heavy rains have ended.

Flood Warning

Flooding is actually occurring or is imminent in the warning area.

Flash Flood Watch

Flash flooding is possible in or close to the watch area. Flash Flood Watches are generally issued for flooding that is expected to occur within 6 hours after heavy rains have ended.

Flash Flood Warning

Flash flooding is actually occurring or is imminent in the warning area. It can be issued as a result of torrential rains, a dam failure, or ice jam.

Storm Response

After the Storm

  • Do not leave your building until your resident assistant or your building's loud speaker system says it is safe for you to leave.
  • Report any water leaks, flooding, and damage to Facilities Management at first opportunity.
  • Elevators will be turned back on after the storm passes. Emergency generators will power the elevators if electrical power is out.
  • For information on cafeteria schedules and when classes will resume, check our KatSafe notifications.
  • Call Home
  • Listen to local news for updates and instructions.
  • Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media
  • Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
  • Watch out for debris and downed power lines.
  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and fast-moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • Avoid flood water as it may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines and may hide dangerous debris or places where the ground is washed away.
  • Photograph the damage to your property in order to assist in filing an insurance claim.
  • Do what you can to prevent further damage to your property, (e.g., putting a tarp on a damaged roof), as insurance may not cover additional damage that occurs after the storm.

After Hurricane (Direct Energy) | Return Home (CDC)