TO: Students, Faculty and Staff
FROM: The UTPA Office of Public Affairs
RE: Hurricane Season Awareness 2014
Hurricane season officially began June 1 and continues through Nov. 30. The UTPA Crisis Management Team – a group of key individuals from across the University charged with securing your safety in the event of an emergency – has met and reviewed UTPA’s Hurricane Preparedness Plan. 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. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the procedures in place.
To view the plan, visit http://utpa.edu/hurricane. Here you will also find links 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.
If classes are cancelled or the campus is closed due to a weather-related emergency, an official notification will be sent via the following:
• BroncAlert!, the institution's mass notification system;
• Email from the Office of the President or the Office of Public Affairs;
• Banner notification on the main UTPA website (www.utpa.edu); and
• UTPA main social media channels (Facebook.com/utpanamerican and Twitter @UTPA).
Additional updates will be made available at the following locations:
• The UTPA Department of Environmental Health and Safety (http://utpa.edu/safety);
• UTPA Police (www.utpa.edu/police); and
• UTPA Emergency Hotline (956) 665-7233 or (956) 665-SAFE.
During a weather-related emergency, everyone should stay tuned to local television, radio news stations and newspaper websites, including The Monitor (TheMonitor.com) for updates.
Please have your mobile phone information current in Oracle for staff and faculty and in Assist for students. This will assure you can be contacted via BroncAlert! about 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!, email and through the above websites and local media.
UTPA is ready to take action should a hurricane or other natural disaster occur. Our primary goal is to ensure the safety of all our students, faculty, staff and visitors. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Richard Costello, director of Environmental Health and Safety at (956) 665-3690.