Hurricane Preparedness for College Students

Living on the Texas Coast comes with the risk of being affected by a tropical storm or a hurricane. The University has a Hurricane/Tropical Storm Defense plan in place. It is encouraged that both students and their families review the plan so that they will know what to expect if there is a storm risk to the area.

If a storm’s track brings it near Corpus Christi, the University will monitor the storm and send updates to students through Islander email.  Students can sign up for text notifications through Code Blue, the University’s alert system.

 

What TAMUCC students should do to prepare:

  • Make sure that your Code Blue contact information is up to date.
  • Develop an emergency communication plan. Have an out-of-state relative or friend serve as a family contact. After a disaster, it may be easier to make long-distance calls than local calls.
  • Having a hurricane preparation kit is a good idea. Pull together useful items such as non-perishable food and snacks, juices, soft drinks, bottled water, manual can opener, change of clothing, sturdy shoes, portable radio, first-aid kit, batteries, flashlight, eating utensils and containers for holding water. When you evacuate, you will want to take these supplies with you, along with a blanket and pillow or sleeping bag.
  • Refill prescription medicines and take them with you. You can call the University Health Center at 361-825-2601 for assistance with medication refills that the Health Center prescribed.
  • Prepare your room or apartment. Pick up all items from the floors and store in drawers and closets. Move upholstered furniture away from windows. Close and lock your windows. Bring inside any items you may have on balconies or other open areas. Turn refrigerator and freezer temperature gauges to the lowest number. Open only when absolutely necessary and close quickly. Unplug stereos, TVs, electronic equipment and lamps.
  • Don’t forget about computers and electronics. Back up computer data and take a copy with you. Cover your computer and other electronic equipment with plastic sheeting or large plastic garbage bags.
  • Protect important documents. Place your documents in waterproof containers and take them with you.
  • Gas up your vehicle. Check all fluids and tire pressures (including your spare tire).
  • Have cash on hand. ATMs will not operate should the area experience a power failure.
  • Monitor local news media for weather updates.

What happens if a storm comes this way?

If a major hurricane threatens the region and governor orders an evacuation of the City of Corpus Christi, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi will close its campuses.

**Students will NOT be allowed to stay in campus buildings as a storm shelter if an evacuation order is given.**

What to Expect During Mandatory Evacuation at TAMUCC

  • All residents must leave campus by the specified day and time, preferably to a city that is not in the storm's projected path.
  • Campus will completely shut down.
  • Only emergency personnel are allowed to remain on-campus during the evacuation.
  • No residents may stay on either campus (Island or Momentum) during an evacuation.
  • The University will send periodic updates through Islander email, text (Code Blue), and social media.
  • Residents will be notified of the specific day and time they are able to return to campus by Islander Housing.

When a Mandatory Evacuation is announced, residents have two options: leave on their own (in their own or a family/friend's car) or evacuate with the University.  The best option is for residents to leave on their own. For more information about the resident evacuation plan, please visit the Housing website at https://housing.tamucc.edu/hurricanes.html

Important note:

Residents with emotional support animals (ESA) and pets may not bring their animals to an evacuation shelter and must make other plans for the evacuation.  ESAs and pets cannot be left in housing for any reason during a mandatory evacuation.  Service dogs are permitted at the evacuation shelter. 

After the Storm

Monitor the Code Blue emergency notification system and University website for official information regarding the reopening of campus and the resumption of classes. Listen to local news media for other information.

Stay where you are, provided it is safe, until authorities give the “all-clear” to return to campus.

 Corpus Christi Evacuation Routes

*Please visit the following websites for more information on developing an emergency plan and building a disaster supply kit: http://www.ready.gov and http://www.redcross.org/.