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EMETS & EMETSEEI Hurricane Dorian Intra-Office Memo & Out of Office Notification
To all students, business partners, affiliates and family.: EMETSEEI Institute & EMETS, SCHOOL STORM SCHEDULE
As hurricane Dorian closes in EMETS & EMETSEEI Institute is making preparations at both of our campus locations, we have changed our regular administrative duties to storm preparation. Our office will only operate on minimal staff through Thursday 8/29/19 and will cease school operations at 12:00pm. Our phones will remain on and you may leave a message, we will check them periodically and return your call accordingly.
The 2019 Summer/Fall EMT orientation that is scheduled for Friday 8/30/19 at 5:30pm will still be held, please be present as planned.
All scheduled classroom, lab and clinical activities will be cancelled until after the storm and will remain so until we have completed our post storm assessment and recovery.
Within 24 hours post storm or sooner we will attempt to reach out to all students via our website, email and cellular phone as able. At that time we will advise everyone of our status and when we will return to normal operations.
WEATHERING THE STORM
Given the possibility that Hurricane Dorian may heavily impact the Brevard County, the EMETSEEI Institute Emergency Operations Group (EOG) has compiled the following summary of advice on preparing for high winds and water and riding out the storm safely. Updates on the storm and any campus scheduling issues will be available through EMETSEEI email alerts and the EMETSEEI Institute's Web site.
If you have a smartphone, sign up for the Red Cross Hurricane app, a free service that provides alerts for your location and advice for staying safe. Click here to read more about that app. Call **REDCROSS (**73327677) from your mobile phone to have the link sent to you.
BEFORE YOU LEAVE YOUR OFFICE OR WORKSPACE
Turn off or unplug lights, computers, small appliances, etc.
Back up important documents on your computer by copying to a flashdrive or burning to a disk.
Move equipment and files, etc., off the floor onto desks or shelves and as far away from windows as possible.
Ensure windows are closed tightly and locked.
GETTING READY AT HOME
Assemble the following:
– Canned food for at least three to five days, and manual can opener
– At least three gallons of drinking water per person, plus water for any pets
– Battery-powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries
– Special items needed for infants, elderly, or disabled family members.
Make sure you know how to turn off electricity, gas and water in case authorities advise you to do so.
Shut off or unplug as many electrical items as possible before the storm hits, including lights, appliances, room air conditioners, heaters, computers, televisions, appliances, etc. This will avoid power-surge damage and shock risk in flooded conditions and will assist the power company in restoring electricity when the system comes back online.
Bring inside or secure any lawn furniture, outdoor decorations or ornaments, trashcans, hanging plants, grills, and other items that can be picked up by the wind.
If possible to do safely, clear debris from gutters and downspouts and remove dead limbs from trees.
If you have storm windows, lower them into place.
Fill a bathtub or large containers with water to use for cleaning and flushing, but NOT for drinking.
IF YOU ARE IN AN AREA SUBJECT TO EVACUATION:
Identify several locations where you can go, and keep the telephone numbers of these places in your purse or wallet.
Remember to take a map of the area: you may encounter flooded, closed or clogged roads and need to take alternate, less familiar routes.
Listen to NOAA Weather Radio (162.5 MHz), local radio or TV stations for evacuation instructions. If advised to evacuate, do so immediately. The Brevard County Office of Emergency Services provides updates and information on emergency shelters on its web site: https://www.brevardfl.gov//emergencymanagement/home/.
Take with you:
– Prescription medications and medical supplies
– Clothing and Bedding (sleeping bags, cots, pillows)
– Bottled water
– Flashlights with fresh batteries
– Battery-operated radio
– Extra batteries
– First aid kit
– Emergency cash
– Important documents including driver’s license, Social Security card, proof of residence, insurance policies, wills, deeds, birth and marriage certificates, tax records.
WHEN THE STORM HITS
Stay indoors, away from windows.
Beware the eye: The calm “eye” of a hurricane is deceptive; the storm is not over. The worst part of the storm will happen once the eye passes over and the winds blow from the opposite direction. Trees, shrubs, buildings, and other objects damaged by the first winds can be broken or destroyed by the second winds.
Be alert for tornadoes. Tornadoes can happen during a hurricane and after it passes over. Remain indoors, in the center of your home, in a closet or bathroom without windows.
Stay away from floodwaters. If you are driving and come upon a flooded road, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car and climb to higher ground.
AFTER THE STORM
After the Hurricane subsides and it is safe to emerge from your residence, it is still important to maintain an awareness of your surroundings and take safety measures to counter any dangers the hurricane may have left in its wake:
Stay tuned to local radio for information updates.
If you have evacuated, return to your residence only after the authorities/ public safety say that it is safe to do so.
Avoid any contact with loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to public safety or, if off campus, the power company, police, or fire department.
Enter your home with caution; beware of snakes, insects, and animals driven to higher ground by floodwater and of electrical shock in wet areas.
Open windows and doors to ventilate and dry the interior spaces.
Drive only if absolutely necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed-out bridges.
Use your telephone only for emergency calls so that lines will be free for trained response personnel.
Never use a portable generator indoors; follow manufacturer instructions to avoid any threat of carbon monoxide poisoning.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
FEMA page on disaster supplies: http://www.ready.gov/basic-disaster-supplies-kit
National Weather Service hurricane information: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/
National Hurricaine Center (NOAA) https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
Thank you for your patience during this time of preparation, community support and recovery.