August 20, 5:00 p.m.
The Southeastern Emergency Response Team (SERT) is closely monitoring Tropical Depression 13, as it is predicted to become Tropical Storm Laura by Friday and potentially impact Florida early next week. We will continue to monitor this storm for local impact and take any necessary measures to prepare for this event. Students who have already moved into residence halls should familiarize themselves with the information below so they will know how to respond should a weather warning be issued. Students traveling to Florida for move-in weekend next week should continue to monitor the storm and its projected path as they make plans for traveling to campus.
Any storm watches or warnings that are put in place for our area will be communicated to students, faculty, staff, and parents via the SEU Alert system. For those who might not be familiar with the difference between a watch and a warning, a weather watch means that conditions are favorable for the development of that type of weather event, such as a tropical storm or tornado, but it does not indicate that severe weather has been reported in the area. However, a weather warning requires more immediate action and should be taken seriously. A severe weather warning indicates that severe weather is imminent in your area or is already occurring.
The most common type of response to a severe weather warning would be to “shelter in place.” “Shelter in place” simply means to enter or remain in the nearest building until it is deemed safe to go outside. This should be done by selecting a small, interior room or hallway if possible, with no or as few windows as possible. When authorities issue directives to “shelter in place,” do not walk outdoors; take refuge indoors immediately. For extreme weather, you should also relocate to lower levels in the building. Occupants of modular or portable buildings and buildings with large span roofs, such as gymnasiums, should be prepared to relocate to other structures.
We will keep you updated with any new information as it is received.
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