Closures and evacuation procedures

Emergency preparedness

Closures and evacuation procedures

Evacuation procedures for all SCAD students

If emergency or SCAD officials indicate evacuation is necessary:

  • All SCAD students, professors and staff will be notified via email, phone and text message in the event of a closure or evacuation.
  • If you are living on campus, check with your residence director or resident assistant for the evacuation time table.
  • Take only items that you can carry comfortably, but be prepared to be evacuated for at least three days.
  • Proceed to the Hive staging area for bus assignment (read evacuation staging area section for details).
  • If you are traveling in your own vehicle or with friends, leave as soon as possible, avoid flooded roads, and watch for washed-out bridges.
  • Tell someone living outside of the storm area where you are going.
  • If time permits, and you live in an identified surge zone, elevate furniture or move it to a higher floor to protect it from flooding.
  • Bring emergency supplies and weather-appropriate clothing with you.
  • Take blankets and sleeping bags to the shelter.
  • Use telephones, including mobile phones, for emergency calls only. Text messages can be quicker and may conserve battery power.

Evacuation information for residence hall students

If emergency or SCAD officials indicate evacuation is necessary:

  1. The university evacuates all residence halls when the request to evacuate is given by local authorities. Students MUST leave the residence halls.
  2. All university buildings are closed when a university-wide evacuation is ordered.
  3. Students have the option to evacuate with the university, to safe homes of families and friends, to hotels or to public shelters.
  4. Students should inform their parents/families of their evacuation plans.
  5. The resident assistants survey their residents during pre-evacuation procedures and make note of each resident's evacuation plans.
  6. Room preparation: Residence hall students living in lower level rooms should remove as many personal items as possible from the floors of their rooms in case of flooding. All blinds should be raised for visibility and security checks. Electrical equipment should be unplugged.
  7. Packing for school-organized evacuation: Change of clothes, minimal toiletries, blanket or sleeping bag, pillow, water, snacks, flashlight, books, cards.
  8. Students should be prepared to hold all items on their laps.Students requesting transportation to an inland shelter or evacuation point need to gather at the Hive complex at designated times to board buses.
  9. Students must inform their resident assistant and/or residence director if they change their evacuation plans.

Evacuation information for parents

If emergency or SCAD officials indicate evacuation is necessary:

  1. SCAD has an extensive hurricane preparedness plan in place. The safety of our students is our number one concern. The university is in regular contact with the Chatham Emergency Management Agency, constantly monitoring any emergency situation as it develops.
  2. If the situation warrants, the SCAD campus will be closed, and classes will be canceled.
  3. Students in campus housing will be notified of any closings through residence life staff, as well as via email and automated messages.
  4. Off-campus students should monitor local television and radio newscasts, email and this website. Information will be announced through an automated Blackboard Connect message, posted on the website and distributed to the news media immediately if the decision is made to close the university.
  5. Students are encouraged to contact their parents and families and let them know where they are going, should evacuation be mandated.
  6. Government and Red Cross emergency management services will designate the disaster shelters. Information about these locations will be distributed in the residence halls, via Blackboard Connect, on this website, in email and through the news media.
  7. Buses will transport students without their own transportation to a designated inland shelter, possibly the SCAD Atlanta location. Again, information about bus schedules may be found through the residence halls, via Blackboard Connect, on this website, in email and through the news media.

Evacuation staging areas

The Hive complex is designated as the primary staging area for students planning to use the university buses for their evacuation. Information about timetables and schedules will be provided in the residence halls, via Blackboard Connect, on this website, in email and through the news media.

Evacuation centers

Shelters are designated by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and the Chatham Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) and operated by the Red Cross. Following are some of the possible evacuation shelters for coastal area evacuees as identified by the Chatham Emergency Management Agency.

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Emergency contact numbers

Police, fire, medical emergency
911

SCAD Security Atlanta
912.525.3333

SCAD Security Savannah
912.525.4500