All University of Southern Mississippi locations in Hattiesburg and along the Gulf Coast will close at 1 p.m. today in anticipation of severe weather related to Hurricane Zeta. Hattiesburg campus residence halls will remain open, while dining facilities will close at 3 p.m. Students who reside on campus may pick up to-go meals from The Fresh before 3 p.m. today.
All students, faculty and staff are advised to closely monitor weather reports as the system is predicted to make landfall in southeast Louisiana late this 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.