There is a possibility that we will be hit by a hurricane. Therefore, you need to know some important information to help you prepare for the storm. All of us here at the ELI want to make sure that you have all the facts and that you take the correct steps to assure your safety.
Please read the following carefully:
What is a hurricane?
A hurricane is a large, spiraling tropical cyclone that can pack wind speeds anywhere from 74 to over 155 mph. A Cat 3 storm is considered a major hurricane.
What is the difference between a tropical storm and a hurricane?
Wind speed. Tropical storms have sustained wind speeds of 39 – 73 mph.
Are we in danger?
Hurricanes can be very destructive. However, if you are in a safe area and inside a safe house, building, or hurricane shelter, you probably won’t have any problems. However, you may be without electricity or water for a few hours or days.
What can we expect?
- High winds
- Lots of rain
- Some flooding
- Some or all of the above for approximately 3 hours
What do you need?
- Canned foods/snacks
- Portable radio
- Any medication you might need
- Gas for your car
- Money in cash
How do we get help?
- Radio or TV reports
- FIU Department of Emergency Management: 305-348-6975
- 911 (only in case of real emergencies)
- Miami-Dade Rumor Control (Call 311 within Miami-Dade County or 305-468-5900 outside of Miami-Dade County)
What do you need to do?
- If you live near the coast, go to a friend’s house, preferably inland. Make sure that it is a strong safe house.
- If you live in the dorms, you will be evacuated.
- If you live alone or in an unsafe area, go to a shelter. FIU is a shelter. Go to PC (Charles Perry building).
- Don’t go outside for any reason. A hurricane is not a tourist attraction. It is very dangerous.
- Stay informed
Hurricane Preparedness with Roary
FIU Department of Emergency Management website:
Miami-Dade County’s Hurricane guide: