Hurricane Preparedness Workshop Hurricane Preparedness Week May 24 – 30, 2010
Hurricane of 1900 Hurricane Ike The Galveston Hurricane of 1900 killed over 6,000 people and is still the deadliest hurricane in U.S. history. Hurricane Ike is the 3rd costliest storm to hit the U.S. to date. It resulted in 195 deaths. History of Galveston Hurricanes
Recently, NOAA updated the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. Hurricane Ike, much like Katrina, made land fall at only a Category 2 storm. The category was based on the wind speeds. However it had a surge most commonly seen with a Category 4 storm. NOAA, therefore, took the surge out of the equation and has a new separate scale for estimating the possible storm surge. Wind vs. Surge
Category 1– Winds from 75mph to 95mph • Category 2- Winds from 96mph to 110mph • Category 3 – Winds from 111mph to 130mph • Category 4 – Winds from 131mph to 155mph • Category 5 – Winds from 155mph and higher Information from the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale
Make a Plan Build a Kit Stay Informed
What to do at work Back-up/Pack-up Upon notification that a campus evacuation or closure has been declared, employees should immediately begin the following: • Begin back-up of all office and/or lab computers within designated areas • Unplug computer systems and peripheral equipment such as printers, scanners etc. from electrical wall outlets. • Power off uninterruptible power supply (ups); depending on mode, turn off switch or press and hold down power button; unplug from wall. • Unplug phones from wall network plug; note which cable goes in which wall socket (write on cable for convenient reminder). • Elevate all first floor systems off the floor or place on desk top. • Move equipment away from windows, if possible.
What to do at work continued… • CLEAN OUT ALL GOODS FROM REFRIGERATORS. • Lock cabinets or drawers containing sensitive/important information. • Once release approval is given by the Campus President, ensure that your area of responsibility is secure and proceed to leave the campus safely. • IT and Ed Tech will follow departmental disaster response plans under which they will shut down the computer lab systems and cover equipment appropriately using previously designated personnel.
A glance at conditions in the tropics and Gulf As of Monday, May 24, 2010
The experts agree, this coming hurricane season could be very active: Impact Weather: Houston based private forecasting firm that works with oil companies. 15 Tropical Storms 9 Hurricanes 4 Major Hurricanes AccuWeather: from Chief Hurricane Forecaster, Joe Bastardi. 15 Tropical Storms 5 Hurricanes 2-3 Major Hurricanes Colorado State University: from Dr. William Gray and Dr. Phil Klotzback. 15 Tropical Storms 8 Hurricanes 4 Major Hurricanes Tropical Storm Risk: London-based forecast company. 16 Tropical Storms 8 Hurricanes 4 Major Hurricanes Predications for 2010
Staying informed: • SJC Alert Me – Text messaging, email and voicemail • Local News Media • ABC 13 • Click 2 Houston • KHOU 11 • Fox 26 • TWC - The Weather Channel • Radio stations: 740AM, 92.9FM, 100.3FM, 104.1FM, 96.5FM, etc. Go back
On Campus Emergencies – College Phone & Emergency phones 5555 Cell Phone 281-476-1852 College Police – Non Emergency 281-479-1820 College Emergency Information Line 1-866-504-5853 Important Numbers
www.nhc.noaa.gov Local Workshops and Resources
Extras Cool video about 2005 hurricanes and me and Jim Cantore from the Weather Channel.
Questions? Thank you all for coming. The power point is located on the Public Drive - P:\Safety. Hollie Fulsom, Safety Management Specialist 281.998.6183 (office) 281.998.6133 (fax) firstname.lastname@example.org