Preparing for a hurricane

Emergency preparedness

Preparing for a hurricane

If you won't be evacuating with the university, you will need to plan an evacuation route. This plan should include information about the safest evacuation routes and nearby shelters. Students should start by reading the closure and evacuation information and the following tips for planning an evacuation route.

Learn safe routes inland

Be ready to drive 20-50 miles inland, at least, to locate a safe place.

Keep in touch

Contact family and friends before you evacuate to let them know of your plans. Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as the "family contact," in case you need to change your plans once you leave. Make sure everyone in the family knows the name, address and phone number of the contact person.

Be aware that in severe weather and during high volume calling times, such as the evacuation of a large region, cell phones may not be operable. Inform family and friends of your plans in advance.

What to take

If you are planning to evacuate on a SCAD bus, take only those items that you can carry comfortably and that you can hold on your lap, but be prepared to be evacuated for at least three days.The evacuation buses will be full. If you will be following the buses in your personal vehicle, bring only items that store safely in the trunk or storage area.

The following is a partial list prepared by student services. More detailed lists are available on the FEMA hurricane readiness website.

  • Change of clothes
  • Toiletries
  • Pillow and blanket or sleeping bag
  • Water and snacks
  • Flashlight

Animals and pets

Unfortunately, SCAD cannot transport animals or pets aboard buses. Make arrangements in advance to have pets transported to a safe area or facility. Animals will not be allowed in shelter facilities.