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Unfortunately, Charleston is "hurricane country." Don't let a storm catch you off guard. Listed below are some tips for evacuation. For MUSC's complete Severe Weather Plan, please visit the following website:

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All MUSC employees, students, contract employees, and volunteers must have a working knowledge of their department's or college's emergency preparedness plan. In addition, all employees, designated and non-designated, should establish a personal emergency preparedness plan for their families. The Medical University of South Carolina is not a designated emergency shelter and will not act as one during a natural disaster. Only designated employees will be allowed on the MUSC campus during a weather emergency.

Hurricane Evacuation

The primary goal of the MUSC evacuation plan is to ensure the evacuation of students and non-designated employees of the MUSC Community is conducted in an orderly manner. Based on information gathered from the Charleston County Emergency Preparedness Division, the South Carolina Emergency Preparedness Division, the National Hurricane Center, and the Medical Center Disaster Coordinator, the Director of University Risk Management will determine when it is necessary to recommend the evacuation of MUSC. Once this determination is made, the Director of University Risk Management will notify the President, Vice President of Academic Affairs, and the Vice President of Finance and Administration of the recommendation to initiate the evacuation plan for MUSC. Upon authorization, the first phase of evacuation will begin with the students, followed by notification to all non-designated personnel. For class cancellations, call 792-MUSC.

Hurricane Preparation Techniques

Prepare a Personal Evacuation Plan

  • Identify ahead of time where you could go if you are told to evacuate. Choose several places: a friend's home in another town, a motel, or a shelter.
  • Keep handy the telephone numbers of these places as well as a road map of your locality. You may need to take alternative or unfamiliar routes if major roads are closed or clogged.
  • Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or local radio or TV stations for evacuation instructions. If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.

Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit Including the Following Items:

  • First aid kit and essential medications.
  • Canned food and can opener.
  • At least three gallons of water per person.
  • Protective clothing, rainwear, and bedding or sleeping bags.
  • Battery-powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries.
  • Special items for infants, elderly, or disabled family members.
  • Written instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas and water if authorities advise you to do so. (Remember, you'll need a professional to turn them back on.)

 For more information on MUSC's Emergency Weather Plan for Students.

November 28, 2012



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