Wednesday, Oct. 28, 8:15 a.m. Update - Tropical Storm Zeta has restrengthened overnight and regained hurricane status with an anticipated landfall in southeast Louisiana later today.
Original Message: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 9:59 p.m.
All University of Southern Mississippi operations on the Gulf Coast will close at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28, in anticipation of potential severe weather related to Tropical Storm Zeta.
Operations on the Hattiesburg campus will continue as regularly scheduled on Wednesday.
All students, faculty and staff are advised to closely monitor weather reports as the system is predicted to make landfall as a Category 1 hurricane in southeast Louisiana on Wednesday afternoon or evening. Hurricane conditions are expected on the Mississippi Gulf Coast beginning late Wednesday. A storm surge of 4 to 8-feet is possible, and rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches with isolated amounts of 6 inches are expected across the coastal counties. The system may also bring tropical storm conditions, including strong wind gusts and rainfall of 2 to 4 inches to the Hattiesburg area.
Weather conditions related to Tropical Storm Zeta have the potential to shift or intensify rapidly, and Zeta is expected to strengthen back into a hurricane before landfall.
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
Should severe weather further impact on-campus operations, the University will communicate changes via Eagle Alert. All 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 the University Police Department at 601-266-4986 or email@example.com.