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Hurricane Preparedness

HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS

Important numbers:

Emergency / RUSM Security (246) 627-8001 (LESC)

(246) 627-8011 (Coverley Village) 

RUSM Ambulance Call Security Coverley Medical Center (246) 627-8011

Mental Health Emergency (246) 245-1622

Local Ambulance 511

Police 211

Fire Service 311

 

Links to RUSM SAFE app:

RUSM SAFE app (Android)

RUSM SAFE app (iTunes)

 

Embassy Information:

You should register with your embassy for the duration of your stay in Barbados.

U.S Embassy (Barbados) - 246-277-4000

Canadian Embassy (Barbados) - 246-629-3550

World Embassies - www.embassyworld.com

Additional Information

Download a Hurricane Safety Guide here.

There are several categories of tropical cyclones that are divided by wind speed rather than rainfall.

  • Tropical Depression- maximum winds of 38 mph
  • Tropical Storm- winds of 39 to 73 mph
  • Hurricane (Category 1 and 2)- winds of 74-110 mph
  • Major Hurricane (Category 3, 4 and 5)- winds greater than 111mph

Although hurricanes pose the greatest threat, tropical depressions and storms can also cause devastation through extreme flooding or landslides. Ross University has published information on what students should do in preparation for and also during and after a major storm.

To prepare, you should evaluate the “survivability” of your current housing and speak with your landlord about what may happen in the event of a storm and how to turn off all gas and utilities. All students should have a “hurricane buddy” that knows where and how to reach you in the event of a storm. It is also important to stock up on emergency supplies early in the season including: 3 day supply of non-perishable food and water (1 gallon per person per day); first aid kit; water purification supplies; batteries; flashlights; and candles/matches. If a hurricane is approaching, be sure to fill all your water containers, fill the sink and bath tub with an extra supply of water for flushing and washing, tune in the radio or TV for weather updates, disconnect appliances and gas to reduce risk of damage, and gather important documents and extra cash in a waterproof bag. RUSM officials will communicate with students via email and in-class announcements if there is an approaching threat.

During a storm, stay away from all doors and windows until you hear from authorities that the storm has passed. You should also prepare to evacuate if your home is damaged or if you are asked to relocate by emergency personnel.

After a storm, check in with your buddy, avoid downed power lines and seek medical attention if necessary. Do not drink or use the water from your faucets until it has been cleared by public safety officials. If the power has been shut off, be careful about what foods you eat from your refrigerator.

Please visit the following websites for more storm information and current weather conditions in the event of a tropical cyclone.

www.nhc.noaa.gov
www.weather.gov
www.stormcarib.com

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