TO: Students, Faculty and Staff
FROM: Department of Environmental Health and Safety
RE: Hurricane Season 2013
The University of Texas-Pan American would like to take this opportunity to inform everyone that hurricane season officially begins June 1 and continues through Nov. 30.
Our Crisis Management Team – a group of key individuals from across the college community charged with securing your safety in the event of an emergency – has met to discuss and review UTPA’s Hurricane Preparedness Plan. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the procedures in place. The plan outlines the responsibilities and courses of action the University community will need to follow should a hurricane threaten the lower Texas Gulf Coast. To view the plan, visit http://utpa.edu/hurricane . At this website you will also find links that will provide you with important details to help you prepare your University work area as well as information on how to protect you and your family, home and personal belongings. We encourage you to be prepared on a personal level!
If classes need to be cancelled or the campus needs to be closed, you will receive an official notification via BroncAlert!, the institution's mass notification system. You will also be notified through e-mail from the President's Office or the Office of Public Affairs and find updates on the following websites – UTPA’s main website (www.utpa.edu), the Department of Environmental Health and Safety (http://utpa.edu/safety) , and UTPA Police (www.utpa.edu/police). Updates will also be available on Facebook and Twitter. For those who do not have access to the Internet, the Emergency Hotline (956)665-7233 (SAFE) will be available to provide you with the information. You should also stay tuned to local television, radio news stations and newspaper websites including the Monitor for updates.
Please be sure you have your mobile phone information updated in Oracle (staff and faculty) and Banner (students), so you can be contacted via BroncAlert! of any emergencies or respective updates. Please note, if the campus is closed, no one will be allowed on campus until the campus is inspected and declared safe. You will be advised when to return to campus via BroncAlert!, e-mail and through the above websites and local media.
UTPA is ready to take action to ensure the safety of all our students, faculty and staff, should a hurricane or other natural disaster occur. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Dr. Richard Costello, director of Environmental Health and Safety at (956)665-3690.