University prepares for Isaac

Mariella Roque/Staff Writer

Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to hit the southeast coast of Florida by Monday morning. The system made its way through the Caribbean Wednesday with 46 mph winds and is forecasted to become a hurricane as it reaches Florida, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

“We are keeping a close eye on this storm,” said Amy Aiken, director of the University’s Department of Emergency Management.

Aiken states that students will be encouraged to seek a place of safe refuge.

“We will encourage students that live in the tri-county area to go home.”

Regarding class cancellation, Aiken said, “We will get that information out as soon as it is feasible. It is difficult to predict the outcome and we don’t want to cause a panic.”

In a University-wide email, External Relations encouraged the University community to have all necessary supplies ready and to stay up-to-date with news from the University regarding developments of the storm. The email stated that the Department of Emergency Management is currently monitoring the storm.

“With hurricanes, we have the luxury of time, so we will keep students informed mainly through email and through the FIU home page,” Aiken said.

The DEM website, dem.fiu.edu, also provides members of the University with information on how to prepare for emergencies like hurricanes, tornadoes and pandemics.

The FIU Alerts and the FIU Ready program are initiatives by DEM that aid in maintaining “normal University operations in the face of disruptive events.”

“Our website has good information on what to do [before and after] an emergency. We want to encourage students to share it with family and to become familiar with FIU emergency communication,” Aiken said. “Our main goal is to keep students safe and prepared.”

The website has links to resources and emergency training opportunities. There is also a list of emergency communication methods, such as text message alerts, social media, the FIU Helpline or the University website.

“We are monitoring [the storm] and each day we get better and better information,” Aiken said.
Mariella Roque/Staff Writer

Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to hit the southeast coast of Florida by Monday morning. The system made its way through the Caribbean Wednesday with 46 mph winds and is forecasted to become a hurricane as it reaches Florida, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

“We are keeping a close eye on this storm,” said Amy Aiken, director of the University’s Department of Emergency Management.

Aiken states that students will be encouraged to seek a place of safe refuge.

“We will encourage students that live in the tri-county area to go home.”

Regarding class cancellation, Aiken said, “We will get that information out as soon as it is feasible. It is difficult to predict the outcome and we don’t want to cause a panic.”

In a University-wide email, External Relations encouraged the University community to have all necessary supplies ready and to stay up-to-date with news from the University regarding developments of the storm. The email stated that the Department of Emergency Management is currently monitoring the storm.

“With hurricanes, we have the luxury of time, so we will keep students informed mainly through email and through the FIU home page,” Aiken said.

The DEM website, dem.fiu.edu, also provides members of the University with information on how to prepare for emergencies like hurricanes, tornadoes and pandemics.

The FIU Alerts and the FIU Ready program are initiatives by DEM that aid in maintaining “normal University operations in the face of disruptive events.”

“Our website has good information on what to do [before and after] an emergency. We want to encourage students to share it with family and to become familiar with FIU emergency communication,” Aiken said. “Our main goal is to keep students safe and prepared.”

The website has links to resources and emergency training opportunities. There is also a list of emergency communication methods, such as text message alerts, social media, the FIU Helpline or the University website.

“We are monitoring [the storm] and each day we get better and better information,” Aiken said.

 

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