Dear Campus Community,
I hope everyone is settling into the fall semester at USM. It is an exciting time, filled with opportunities to make new friends, explore new surroundings, and engage in your studies. However, it’s essential that we also prioritize safety, especially during times of potential natural disasters like Hurricane Lee.
Settling into Your First Semester:
Starting college is a significant milestone, and I encourage all our new students to take the time to get to know your campus, your professors, and your fellow classmates. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. Our campus community is here to support you in every way possible.
Hurricane Lee Preparedness:
With the hurricane season upon us, it’s crucial to stay informed and prepared. Please pay close attention to weather alerts, and if you haven’t already done so, sign up for emergency alerts from the university. These notifications will provide you with critical information about campus closures, shelter locations, and safety instructions.
Follow these practical guidelines to ensure your safety during Hurricane Lee:
Secure Your Belongings: Take the time to secure your belongings, particularly outdoor items like bicycles, furniture, and decorations. Make sure windows and doors are properly closed and locked. Unplug any chargers or devices that are not plugged into surge protectors in the event of an electrical surge.
Stay Informed: Keep a battery-powered or hand-crank weather radio on hand for updates in case of power outages. Additionally, monitor official sources and the university’s communication channels for the latest information.
Emergency Kit: Prepare an emergency kit with essential supplies, including non-perishable food, water, flashlights, batteries, and a first-aid kit.
Evacuation: Familiarize yourself with evacuation routes and shelter locations. If evacuation orders are issued, please comply promptly for your safety. Please speak with your RA’s and RD’s about these spaces near your building.
Stay Indoors: During the storm and its aftermath, please refrain from hiking or exploring wooded areas. Downed trees and power lines can create hazardous conditions. It’s crucial to avoid potential forestry incidents post-storm.
Remember, safety should be your top priority. We are a resilient community, and by staying informed and looking out for one another, we can navigate these challenges together.
All the best
Gráinne Perkins, PhD.
Chief of Police