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.
If a storm’s track brings it near Corpus Christi, the University will monitor the storm and send updates to students through Islander email. Students can sign up for text notifications and add another email address through SAIL.
When a storm is approaching the area, the University can call for several actions. The specific action will depend on several factors, including the size and strength of the storm, time of day that rain/wind is expected to begin, and storm path. It is imperative that you follow the University’s instructions.
When a storm is likely to affect Corpus Christi, the University may issue one of several orders. The decision will be based on storm data obtained from a trusted weather source that provides the University will very specific data on estimated wind strength, estimated wind speed, and estimated storm surge/tide height.
Delayed start/early closure – for smaller storms with expected heavy rain, the University may decide to either delay the opening of campus or to close campus early to allow students and employees the opportunity to avoid driving in heavy rain and potentially flooded city streets.
Shelter in place/Voluntary Evacuation – residents would be asked to either shelter in place in their room or they can voluntarily evacuate to another location. Campus will likely close for a period of time, including food services.
Mandatory Evacuation – all residents must leave campus. No one, except emergency personnel, is allowed to remain on campus for the duration of the evacuation. When this happens, students must leave campus by the designated time. No students may stay on either campus (Island or Momentum) during an evacuation. Residents with a vehicle are expected to drive their vehicle out of Corpus Christi, preferably to a city that is not in the storm's projected path. Once a residents leaves the area, they will continue to get updates from the University through Code Blue. Residents will be notified when they are able to return to campus.
When RESIDENTS of either Miramar or Momentum Village do not have any options to leave the city, 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. Residents will sleep in the campus gymnasium. Residents must provide their own linens (pillow, blanket, sheets, towels), toiletries, medications, and other necessities. They will be informed of what to specifically bring when an evacuation is announced. Meals are provided during the evacuation.
During the evacuation, residents are not allowed to temporarily leave the site for any reason. Residents may permanently check out of the evacuation site but will not be allowed to return.
University employees will accompany the students.
Residents 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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