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Hurricane Preparedness Week May 23 – 27, 2011. Information from the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale Category 1– Winds from 75 mph to 95 mph Category 2-

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1 Hurricane Preparedness Week May 23 – 27, 2011

2 Information from the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale Category 1– Winds from 75 mph to 95 mph Category 2- Winds from 96 mph to 110 mph Category 3– Winds from 111 mph to 130 mph Category 4– Winds from 131 mph to 155 mph Category 5– Winds from 155 mph and higher

3 Cone of Uncertainty Projections for the path of a storm are made with a cone of uncertainty. The further out in time the less accurate. 24 Hour Prediction 24 Hour Prediction The center of the storm can swing 100 miles to the left or right of the projected path 0ver the next 24-hour period. 48 Hour Prediction 48 Hour Prediction The center of the storm can swing 160 miles to the left or right of the projected path 0ver the next 48-hour period. 72 Hour Prediction 72 Hour Prediction The center of the storm can swing 230 miles to the left or right of the projected path 0ver the next 72-hour period. Four Day Prediction Four Day Prediction The center of the storm can swing 290 miles to the left or right of the projected path 0ver the next 4 days.


5 Evacuation Zip Codes & Surge Zone Map We are here.


7 Make a Plan Build a Kit Stay Informed

8 What To Do At Work Back-up/Pack-up Upon notification that a campus evacuation or closure has been declared, employees should immediately begin the following: Begin back-up of all office and/or lab computers within designated areas Unplug computer systems and peripheral equipment such as printers, scanners etc. from electrical wall outlets. Power off uninterruptible power supply (ups); depending on mode, turn off switch or press and hold down power button; unplug from wall. Unplug phones from wall network plug; note which cable goes in which wall socket (write on cable for convenient reminder). Elevate all first floor systems off the floor or place on desk top. Move equipment away from windows, if possible.

9 What To Do At Work Continued … CLEAN OUT ALL GOODS FROM REFRIGERATORS. Lock cabinets or drawers containing sensitive/important information. Once release approval is given by the Campus President, ensure that your area of responsibility is secure and proceed to leave the campus safely. IT and Ed Tech will follow departmental disaster response plans under which they will shut down the computer lab systems and cover equipment appropriately using previously designated personnel.

10 What To Do After A Storm PLAN FOR LENGTHY POWER OUTAGES If you live in a coastal area that is NOT in a hurricane evacuation zone, it is important to make plans for surviving without electricity for three to seven full days. Most serious storms will knock out electricity and scatter debris across widespread areas. Trees and power lines will be down. Make sure you have AT LEAST a three-day supply of non-perishable food, water, medications and other necessities. These supplies should be in containers that are water proof and easy to carry. This preparation will serve you well in any disaster or emergency. BEWARE OF FRAUD After the storm, many newcomers, from volunteers to state and federal employees, will show up in your area. Fraud artists show up as well. Here are some things to consider during the clean-up period. Use licensed local contractors, ask for references and check them before entering into a contract. Ask for a written estimate from at least three contractors, including cost of labor and materials. Read contracts carefully and read the fine print. Make sure the contractor carries general liability insurance and workers' compensation. If he or she is not insured, you may be liable for accidents that occur on your property. Do not give out personal information, such as a social security number, when you are not sure of the identity of the person requesting information. Request identification, including a phone number for the agency to confirm the representatives ID. Legitimate representatives of government or voluntary agencies will have proper identification. Never pay a fee for help. Government officials or volunteers do not charge for disaster assistance.

11 CARBON MONOXIDE SAFETY AND GENERATORS To avoid carbon monoxide exposure, be extremely careful using generators, lanterns, gas powered appliances or when cooking on charcoal grills or gas grills. Equipment or appliances that produce carbon monoxide should never be used indoors. Take the following precautions: NEVER use a generator or grill indoors, including inside homes, garages, basements, crawl spaces, tents or other enclosed or partially enclosed areas. Opening doors and windows or using fans will NOT prevent CO build-up. The gas cannot be seen or smelled and poisoning can occur in a matter of minutes. Follow the instructions that come with the generator. ALWAYS locate the unit outdoors on a dry surface, away from doors, windows, vents and air conditioning equipment that could allow CO to seep into the house. Gas-powered generators can be used safely if they are placed in a well- ventilated outdoor area at least 10 feet away from a home or structure. If electric power is out, do not use gas ranges or ovens to heat your home. Remember that you cannot see or smell CO and portable generators can produce high levels of CO very quickly. If you start to feel sick, dizzy, or weak while using a generator, get to fresh air immediately. DO NOT DELAY. If someone else collapses or is not breathing, dial

12 As of Thursday, May 26, 2011

13 Water Surface Temperatures As of Thursday, May 26, 2011

14 Predications for 2011 The experts agree, this coming hurricane season could be very active: NOAA: National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration Tropical Storms 6-10 Hurricanes 3-4 Major Hurricanes Impact Weather: Houston based private forecasting firm 14 Tropical Storms 8 Hurricanes 4 Major Hurricanes AccuWeather: from Hurricane Forecaster, Paul Pastelok. 15 Tropical Storms 8 Hurricanes 3 Major Hurricanes Colorado State University: from Dr. William Gray and Dr. Phil Klotzback. 16 Named Storms 9 Hurricanes 5 Major Hurricanes Tropical Storm Risk: London-based forecast company. 14 Tropical Storms 8 Hurricanes 4 Major Hurricanes


16 Staying informed: SJC Alert Me – Text messaging, and voic Local News Media ABC 13 Click 2 Houston KHOU 11 Fox 26 TWC - The Weather Channel Radio stations: 740AM, 92.9FM, 100.3FM, 104.1FM, 96.5FM, etc. Go back

17 Important Numbers On Campus Emergencies – College Phone & Emergency phones 5555 Cell Phone* College Police Non-Emergency College Emergency Information Line * Denotes change in number.


19 Community Hurricane Workshop & Safety Fair Pasadena Convention Center Saturday, June 4, a.m. – 2 p.m. Presented by: City of Pasadena Emergency Management Department

20 DateCity/CountyTimeLocationPoint of Contact May 25Seabrook7-8 pm City Council Chambers 1700 First Street, Seabrook Jeff Galyean June 2Angleton6:30-8 PM Angleton Recreation Center 1601 Valderas Street Texas AgriLife Extension June 4City of Houston and Surrounding Region 10 AM - 3 PM 2011 Houston/Galveston Hurricane Workshop 2011 Houston/Galveston Hurricane Workshop George R. Brown Convention Center 1001 Avenida De Las Americas Houston, TX Houston/Galveston National Weather Service Office (281) sr- sr- June 4Pasadena10 AM - 2 PM Pasadena Convection Center June 4Matagorda/Bay City9 AM - 1 PM Bay City Civic Center 201 7th Street Texas AgriLife Extension Service June 4Jamaica Beach10 AM-Noon San Luis Pass Road Jamaica Beach June 6Wharton11 AM-1 PM Wharton Civic Center 1924 N. Fulton Wharton County June 6Bayou Vista6-8 PMMUDD Building June 7Freeport6:30-8 PM River Place 733 Mystery Harbor Lane Texas AgriLife Extension June 9Lake Jackson6:30-8 PM Lake Jackson Civic Center 333 Hwy 332 East Texas AgriLife Extension June 9Tiki Island6-9 PMTBA June 16West Columbia6:30-8 pm West Columbia Civic Center 516 E. Brazos Ave Texas AgriLife Extension June 23Pearland-Manvel6:30-8 PM Bery Miller Junior High 3301 Manvel Road Pearland Texas AgriLife Extension June 30Alvin6:30-8 PM Alvin Community College Theater 3110 Mustang Rd Alvin Texas AgriLife Extension Houston/Galveston Hurricane Preparedness Meetings

21 Me and Jim Cantore from the Weather Channel

22 Thank you all for coming. The power point is located on the Public Drive - P:\Safety. Hollie Fulsom, Safety Management Specialist (office) (fax)

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