Although rare, living on the Texas Coast does come with the risk of being affected by a tropical storm or hurricane. The University has a Hurricane/Tropical Storm Defense plan in place. Students and their families should review the plan so they know what to expect if a storm is headed toward Corpus Christi.
Because of our island location, the University evacuates early if a storm is forecast to affect the area. When this happens, students must leave campus by the designated time. No students may stay on either campus (Island or Momentum) during an evacuation. Students are encouraged to find their own evacuation location, preferably in a city that is not in the storm’s projected path.
When RESIDENTS of either Miramar or Momentum Village do not have anywhere to go, the University will evacuate them to either Texas A&M International University in Laredo or to Palo Alto College in San Antonio. Residents evacuating with the university will travel by bus to the designated evacuation site. Cars may not be driven to the evacuation site. Students will sleep in the campus gymnasium. Students must provide their own linens (pillow, blanket, sheets, towels), toiletries, medications, and other necessities. They will be informed of what to specifically bring at the time of evacuation. Meals are provided during the evacuation.
During the evacuation, students are not allowed to temporarily leave the site for any reason. Students may check out of the evacuation site but will not be allowed to return.
University employees will accompany the students.
The students will not return to campus until University officials indicate it is safe to return.
Additional details will be provided on the Islander Housing homepage in the event of an evacuation. Information will also be distributed through Islander email and Code Blue.
The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 thru November 30 each year, with August and September being peak times for the Gulf Coast. Of course, this covers most of the fall semester, so it's very important for new students to become familiar with hurricane preparation and develop an evacuation plan.
The National Hurricane Center provides great educational information on emergency preparation, current tropical status, and so much more. The best thing any coastal resident can do is educate themselves on hurricanes so they are prepared before there is a storm threat.
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