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Hurricane or Tropical Storm Preparedness and Procedures

Advisories, Watches, and Warnings

As a weather system approaches the islands, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will release updates in the form of advisories, watches, and warnings. Check local news and weather stations for updates. If you have a radio, tune into 162.55 AM for live NOAA broadcasts.

Advisories

From the National Weather Service (NWS) :
Tropical Cyclone Public Advisory: The Tropical Cyclone Public Advisory contains a list of all current coastal watches and warnings associated with an ongoing or potential tropical cyclone, a post-tropical cyclone, or a subtropical cyclone. It also provides the cyclone position, maximum sustained winds, current motion, and a description of the hazards associated with the storm.

Watches

From the National Weather Service (NWS) :
Listen closely to instructions from local officials on TV, radio, cell phones or other computers for instructions from local officials. Evacuate if told to do so.

  • Storm Surge Watch: There is a possibility of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland from the shoreline somewhere within the specified area, generally within 48 hours.
  • Hurricane Watch: Hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or greater) are possible within your area. Because it may not be safe to prepare for a hurricane once winds reach tropical storm force, The NHC issues hurricane watches 48 hours before it anticipates tropical storm-force winds.
  • Tropical Storm Watch: Tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are possible within the specified area within 48 hours

Warnings

From the National Weather Service (NWS) :
Listen closely to instructions from local officials on TV, radio, cell phones or other computers for instructions from local officials.Evacuate immediately if told to do so.

  • Storm Surge Warning: There is a danger of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland from the shoreline somewhere within the specified area, generally within 36 hours. If you are under a storm surge warning, check for evacuation orders from your local officials.
  • Hurricane Warning: Hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or greater) are expected somewhere within the specified area. NHC issues a hurricane warning 36 hours in advance of tropical storm-force winds to give you time to complete your preparations. All preparations should be complete. Evacuate immediately if so ordered.
  • Tropical Storm Warning: Tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are expected within your area within 36 hours.
  • Extreme Wind Warning: Extreme sustained winds of a major hurricane (115 mph or greater), usually associated with the eyewall, are expected to begin within an hour. Take immediate shelter in the interior portion of a well-built structure.

Procedures

  1. Monitor an emergency alert system radio station (ex: NOAA 162.55 AM), TV news station, or official news social media accounts for updates.
  2. When advised by Campus Safety & Security or emergency services personnel, evacuate to Cannon Activities Center (CAC) for community members and PCC guests. No food will be provided at the CAC. On campus students should shelter in their TVA apartments or Dormitories (hales). Off-campus students should shelter in the designated areas in the on campus dormitories (hales).
  3. During a warning, when sirens sound, secure windows.
  4. Secure loose objects that may blow away, such as outdoor furniture.
  5. Stay indoors during high winds. Stay away from windows and do not open windows.
  6. Keep away from exterior walls and doors.
  7. Turn off water and electricity at main stations. Unplug appliances.
  8. Remain in safe area until warning expires or until emergency personnel have issued an “all clear” signal.
  9. Help as directed. Serve others.