What does it mean to shelter in place?

August 27, 2012 10:05 AM

New Wave staff

With Hurricane Isaac heading toward land, area residents and Tulane University students who live on campus are being advised to shelter in place. Students will receive instructions from their resident advisors today (Monday, Aug. 27). All off-campus students should immediately review their hurricane plans and decide where they will locate for the storm.

Tulane students needing assistance should call 504-247-1340. University administrators anticipate limited availability of services on campus for students on Tuesday and Wednesday. Further information with respect to these services will be available later today.

Here are tips from the Tulane Office of Emergency Management:

Develop an emergency communication plan. Have an out-of-state relative or friend serve as a "family contact." After a disaster, it's often easier to call long distance.

Hurricane preparation kit. Pull together useful items such as non-perishable food items and snacks, juices, soft drinks, bottled water, manual can opener, change of clothing, sturdy shoes, portable radio, first-aid kit, batteries, flashlight, eating utensils and containers for holding water. Refill prescription medicines. When you evacuate, you will want to take these supplies with you, along with a blanket and pillow or sleeping bag. Include games and toys as necessary for children or others.

Prepare your room or apartment. Pick up all items from the floors and store in drawers and closets. Move upholstered furniture away from windows. Close and lock your windows. Bring inside any items you may have on balconies or other open areas. Turn refrigerator and freezer temperature gauges to the lowest number. Open only when absolutely necessary and close quickly. Unplug stereos, TVs, electronic equipment and lamps.

Computers and electronics. Back up computer data and take a copy with you. Cover your computer and other electronic equipment with plastic sheeting or large plastic garbage bags.

Protect important documents. Place your documents in waterproof containers and take with them you.

Gas up your vehicle. Check all fluids and tire pressures (including spare).

Have cash on hand. ATMs will not operate should the area experience a power failure.

Evacuation routes and other information are available in the Official Louisiana Hurricane Survival Guide.

When a hurricane or tropical storm threatens New Orleans, the university activates the Tulane Alert Line at 504-862-8080 or 877-862-8080 (toll-free) to provide faculty, staff, students and parents with up-to-date information on storm progress, instructions regarding campus preparations, announcements about closing and reopening of university offices and other relevant instructions. The Tulane emergency website is updated with vital information.

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000 website@tulane.edu