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Housing Hurricane Preparedness

University Housing will remain open during Hurricane Irma. Housing is open only to current Georgia Southern housing students and no guests are permitted during the campus closure. The following information will be sent out to all on-campus students today:

Dear Student,
 
PLEASE READ THIS EMAIL IN ITS ENTIRETY, AS YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL OF THE CONTENT IT CONTAINS. ALL RESIDENTIAL STUDENTS SHOULD FILL OUT THE HURRICANE CAMPUS CLOSURE FORM (in the housing application process). 
 
Georgia Southern University is closing as of Friday, September 8 at 8:00 am. We highly encourage all students to seek shelter outside the path of the storm. However, residence halls will remain open for residential students who are in need of a place to stay.
 
In an effort to monitor the safety and security of our residential students, University Housing is asking all students living on campus to complete the Hurricane Campus Closure Form by visiting www.gsuhousing.com/apply and logging in to the Housing Student Web. Please note, your user name will be your Eagle ID and your password will be your birth date (mmddyyyy) or the password you changed it to during your original application to University Housing. 
If you are departing campus please utilize the following tips in preparing your room for departure.  If you are remaining on campus please make sure you also utilize many of these tips in preparing for the storm’s impact.
  • Pull all furniture, including beds, away from windows.
  • Computers, TVs, stereo equipment, etc. should be raised off of the floor and placed in a closet/study area.  Please make sure all electronics are unplugged.
  • Place all articles from the floor (shoes, rugs, clothes, boxes, suitcases, etc.) on closet shelves or in dresser drawers.
  • Place all loose objects in drawers or closets. Paper, books, etc., should not be left on tops of dressers or desks or near windows.
  • Close and lock all windows.
  • If there are mini blinds in the room or apartment, lower them to the closed position if you live on the first floor.  If you live on the second floor or above, please raise them to the highest position.
  • Turn lights off.
  • Leave air conditioning on low at 72*.
  • You are encouraged to take items of sentimental and monetary value (i.e. photos, keepsakes, electronics, jewelry, money) with you.
  • Lock your door and take your key with you.
  • Do not put tape on the window glass.
  • Fill your vehicle gas tank (if applicable). If you have a vehicle but are not using it to travel to your other destination, move and park your vehicle into an open parking lot area with the emergency brake set and in park.  Try to park away from trees and street signs.  Parking enforcement will cease at the official university closure.  All windows should be closed and the vehicle locked. Vehicles parked near the buildings, and not in an approved parking area, (i.e. motorcycles in bicycle racks, cars in loading zones) may be removed or towed at the owner’s expense.
  • Bring bicycles in from the outside and store in a bedroom. Should University Housing staff need to remove bicycles, they may be discarded.
  • Do NOT store motorcycles, mopeds, or any other vehicle containing combustible fuel in or near University Housing facilities. These must be stored at an alternate location for safety purposes.
  • Disconnect all unneeded appliances.
  • With the possibility of losing power, you are encouraged to discard all perishable food items.  It is often helpful to place a towel around the bottom of your refrigerator to collect any water that may collect from ice melting and temperature changes. Place all non-perishable food items in cupboards.
  • Please remove all trash from your room or apartment before leaving and dispose in the appropriate receptacles.
  • In the event of an evacuation, plan to take all necessary medications or other items since re-entering University Housing facilities may not be possible.
  • For students with balconies or patios, please remove all items and place inside your unit.
  • Before, during, and after a storm, you are encouraged to check the university’s website for updates and cancellation of classes and events. You should check the website for the date that classes will resume. The university will use email to notify you of cancellation of classes and reopening of the university. Tune into local news channels for notification of the university closing and date of reopening.
For students remaining in Housing, the following resources are available to you:
  • Residence hall staff will continue to monitor the storm and are available in the event of an emergency. Staff will be reduced during this time, so please utilize the CL on Call number posted in your clubhouse to locate a staff member.
  • Dining Commons will be open 8-9 a.m, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., and 5-7 pm.   All other dining outlets will be closed while the University is closed.
  • Residential and Auxiliary Facilities staff will be on hand to monitor the storm and the physical condition of the buildings.  If you see damage to a building please report it to the residence hall on call staff.  Staff will be on hand to work on the issue once it is safe.
  • In the event of a power outage, Georgia Power will be notified and all efforts will be made to restore power as quickly as possible.
  • Please note, all University policies remain in effect during the closure. Students who choose to remain in University Housing will be held responsible for misconduct that occurs during the closure.
  • Additionally, guests are not permitted during the time the campus is closed. Non-residents must vacate the building as of 8 a.m. on Friday, September 8 and may not re-enter until the University has officially re-opened.
For students who choose to remain in Housing, you will be responsible for gathering your own supplies and preparing for the storm. Below are recommended actions to take:
  • Secure enough water for your consumption and use. It is recommended you have 2 gallons per person per day.
  • Purchase non-perishable food items to have on hand should Dining Commons not be available.
  • Get a flashlight or battery powered lantern with extra batteries. In the event of a power outage, flashlights will not be provided to students. Candles are not permitted, as they are especially hazardous in inclement weather situations.
  • If you would like to keep your phone or tablet charged when there is no power, we recommend purchasing a portable power bank.
For the safety and security of our students and that of our first response agencies, you are advised to stay indoors during inclement weather. Emergency response agencies may not be able to respond to your needs during severe weather conditions. Stay out of flooded areas, as they may be extremely dangerous (i.e. energized by downed power lines). Also be aware that tree limbs and trees may continue to fall after the storm has passed. Please do not leave the buildings until cleared by University Housing staff to do so.
The main University Housing office will close when the University closure takes affect; however, staff will be on site and available to assist as needed. For more information about campus closures or for additional resources, please visit the following sites:
Georgia Southern Weather Alert: www.georgiasouthern.edu/alert
Georgia Emergency Management Agency: http://www.gema.ga.gov/Pages/default.aspx
Georgia Department of Transportation: http://www.dot.ga.gov/DS/Emergency/Hurricane
NOAA Doppler Radar: https://radar.weather.gov/
University Housing

Last updated: 10/11/2017