University of Southern Mississippi officials are monitoring Tropical Storm Nate, which is expected to become Hurricane Nate as it moves through the Gulf of Mexico this weekend. The system has the potential to produce elevated tides, heavy rain, gusty winds and ongoing tornadic activity that is expected to impact Southern Miss campuses and teaching sites.
Please continue to closely monitor local media outlets for updated information as the storm approaches. If a school closure or cancellation of classes is warranted, the University will distribute related information through the emergency communication channels outlined below.
Please review the University’s current institutional protocols for tropical weather systems. Students, if you would need assistance in the event that the University closes or in extreme cases where the University may evacuate for severe inclement weather, please contact the Dean of Students office at 601.266.6028.
As a reminder, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) recommends four steps to individual hurricane preparedness. Those steps include:
• Know Where to Go
• Put Together a Disaster Supply Kit (to include purchasing water and non-perishable food items)
• Set Up Emergency Alerts
• Establish a Communication Plan with Family and Friends
More detailed preparation steps are available at http://www.msema.org/be-prepared/hurricanes/.
You should also consider the following specific to your activities as students, faculty or staff:
• Check to make sure your contact information is up to date in the University’s Eagle Alert emergency notification system: https://www.usm.edu/safety/eagle-alert.
• Monitor emergency communication channels outlined below.
• Comply with preparedness and emergency safety advisories issued by University officials or other local or state agencies.
• Back up electronic files on portable drives or, for University-owned computers, through Eagle Backup.
• Faculty and staff are advised to take valuable personal property with them as they leave campus prior to this weekend.
Emergency Communication Channels
Eagle Alert is the official emergency communication channel for the University. Faculty, staff and students are required to receive alerts via email. You may also receive alerts via phone call and/or text message. Please review and update your contact information at https://www.usm.edu/safety/eagle-alert.
You may add additional phone numbers, including parent phone numbers, into the system under your record.
All USM emergency messages are posted at SouthernMiss.info. Related information may also be communicated through University accounts on Facebook and Twitter, media outlets and emergency notifications at usm.edu.
Motorists should be aware of possible heavy rain and the potential for damage from flooding in the following areas. Motorists should not attempt to access or navigate these areas that may be hazardous for travel and to parked vehicles.
At the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach:
• Shared parking lot with St. Thomas Catholic Church on the west side of campus
• Beach Park Place
At the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs:
• Halstead Road near the site’s entrance
At the Hattiesburg Campus:
• Pine Haven Circle around Sorority Village
• Montague between Kay James and Ross Boulevard
• 10 parking spaces on south end of Fraternity Drive (west side of street) at Montague
• Fourth Street between Golden Eagle and Eagle Walk
• Southern Miss Drive between 30th and 31st Avenues
• Ray Guy Way at Century Park South/Spirit Park
• South end of Kay James at Montague (DuBard)
• Trent Lott Center west lot next to M.M. Roberts Stadium
• Ray Guy Way at Eagle Walk by the newly-raised crosswalk
• Parking area at the southwest corner of McCarty Hall
Should you have questions, please contact University Police at 601.266.4986.