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As a medical school located in the Caribbean, Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) is in a region known for experiencing tropical activity. Knowing the serious potential of these events, RUSM maintains a comprehensive Hurricane Response Plan with protocols established to help before, during and after a weather-related event. Working closely with AccuWeather, the Barbados government and Adtalem Global Education's Security Operations Center (GSOC), RUSM compiled the following information to provide guidance during emergency weather.
Current RUSM Weather Alerts
Check this page for up-to-date information on weather events in Barbados and campus-related announcements and closures.
Hurricane season begins June 1 - November 30. In the Caribbean, the peak of the season is August - October.
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 111 mph
In the event we use our Barbados campus as designated shelter area, the main shelter area will be located on the first floor of the LESC:
The RUSM Shelter Management Plan incorporates safety measures around pandemic including social distancing and physical distancing, to ensure safety.
- Those seeking shelter (“shelter residents”) must register immediately upon entering the shelter and cooperate with directions given by the Shelter Manager and other ICT or CRT members operating the shelter
- Pets brought to campus to shelter must be registered and stored inside their kennel in the designated area
- No alcohol or recreational drugs are allowed in the shelter
- No firearms, weapons, or other safety hazards are permitted in the shelter
- No cooking devices or flammable liquids are allowed in the shelter
- Smoking is prohibited in the shelter
- Shelter residents should bring their own food, water, blankets, sheets, pillows, and toiletries for three days.
- Shelter residents should bring required medications with them to the shelter
- Shelter residents shall bring their own disposable diapers for babies, and are encouraged to bring small toys, games, and books for amusement of children
- Shelter residents are not to remove items (i.e., TV’s, furniture) from the shelter space
- Shelter residents shall be held accountable for the conduct of themselves and their families
- Shelter residents must respect the rights of other shelter occupants
- No loud music or noises are permitted
- Shelter residents should address questions or concerns to the Shelter Manager or other Shelter Volunteers
- Shelter floors should be kept clean of waste materials
- Restrooms shall be kept clean at all times
- Persons with medical needs must inform the shelter manager
- Shelter residents must “Check out” with the Shelter Manager when they depart
- 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 — including 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.
- Tasks to complete prior to storm approaching:
- Fill all clean water containers.
- Gather five-day supply of food and water
- Tune to the radio or television for weather updates
- Secure any loose items around your home, which may cause damage.
- Cover windows and doors if possible.
- Fill sinks and tubs with an extra supply of water for washing.
- Disconnect appliances and gas to reduce risk of damage or fire
- It is also important to stock up on emergency supplies early in the storm season. Please view the hurricane preparedness pack list.
- Important documents (passport, visa, insurance cards, immunization records, credit cards) in a Ziploc bag or air/water tight container
- Five (5) days supply of non-perishable food ̈(peanut butter, crackers, granola bars, trail mix, hard candy, cereals)
- Bottled water that can sustain you for five (5) days (1 gallon per person per day)
- Personal hygiene items (soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, toilet paper, bath towel etc.)
- First aid kit, water purifying supplies–chlorine
- Supply of personal medication for up to five (5) days
- Manual, non-electric can opener
- Pillow, blanket and/or sleeping bag
- Fully charged phone and charger
- Iodine tablets or unscented household bleach
- If you have a pet, please bring an appropriately sized crate as well as medications and food to last up to five (5) days
- Baby food, batteries, flashlights, battery operated radio
- Candles and matches, insect repellent/sunscreen
- Hammer and nails, clothing, boots, swimsuit, hat, glasses
- Plastic Garbage Bag
- Fully charged phone and charger
Include items that can help protect you and others from COVID-19, such as hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, bar or liquid soap, disinfectant wipes (if available) and multiple, clean masks for everyone age 2 or older
- Beware of the calm due to the eye of the storm passing over, winds can resume within minutes of its passing.
- Monitor the radio or television for weather conditions if possible.
- Do not drive.
- Do not make unnecessary phone calls.
- Expect the loss of electricity and other utilities.
- Prepare to evacuate to a neighbor’s home if your home is damaged or if you are instructed to leave by emergency personnel.
- Stay inside until all winds have died down and the official announcement says it is clear to leave where you are staying.
- Seek medical attention at the Coverley Medical Center, local clinic or hospital for any injuries you have received.
- Avoid downed power lines.
- Once the all clear is given, you should check in at the designated assembly area in Coverley.
Hurricanes can be unpredictable but planning and preparing for one is in your control. For pet owners, that means knowing how you are going to take care of your pet during a storm and having supplies and travel documents ready at a moment’s notice.
BUILDING YOUR PET PACK LIST
Before a storm develops, stock up on supplies that will keep you and your pet safe and comfortable for up to five days. We recommend packing a large bag that you can easily grab should you need to leave your home and shelter with RUSM.
- An appropriately sized crate or pet carrier to contain your pet(s)
- Enough pet food to last up to five days
- Food and water bowls
- Clean bedding
- Collar and leash
- Vaccination and other associated travel documents
- Any necessary medication and any other items unique to the pet with explicit instructions