University Community Advised to Monitor Weather Systems Approaching the Gulf of Mexico

You are advised to follow official weather reports over the weekend to monitor a pair of developing tropical weather systems entering the Gulf of Mexico. While neither weather system is currently forecast to become a major hurricane or make landfall in Mississippi, conditions have the potential to shift or intensify rapidly. Either system could become a hurricane or make landfall here by early to mid-week next week.

Students, faculty and staff should take the following actions to prepare now:

-Check now to make sure your contact information is up-to-date in the University’s Eagle Alert system: https://www.usm.edu/police/eagle-alert.php. You may add other phone numbers, including family member phone numbers, into the system under your record.
-Comply with preparedness and emergency safety advisories issued by University officials or local or state agencies.
-Back up electronic files on portable drives or, for University-owned computers, through Eagle Backup.

MEMA recommends four steps to individual hurricane preparedness:

-Know Where to Go
-Put Together a Disaster Supply Kit
-Set Up Emergency Alerts
-Establish a Communication Plan with Family and Friends

USM emergency messages are distributed through Eagle Alert and 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.

For more information, view the University’s Hurricane Preparedness Plans, or contact USM’s University Police Department (UPD) at 601.266.4986 or police@usm.edu.

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