LSU remains open, activates special needs shelter, urges preparedness

LSU remains open, activates special needs shelter, urges preparedness
Weather Talk

POSTED: Monday, August 27, 2012 - 11:00pm

UPDATED: Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 12:08pm

The LSU Emergency Operations Center has been activated and is carefully monitoring Tropical Storm Isaac. In addition, LSU's Carl Maddox Field House has been designated a Medical Special Needs Shelter by the state.

At this time, classes and events are still scheduled as planned, but any faculty members who have specific needs for their research, such as required refrigeration or freezing, should make contingency plans for possible power outages or contact the LSU EOC for asssistance at (225) 578-3231.

It is still unclear what path the storm will take. Therefore, the LSU EOC urges all students, faculty and staff to take steps to be prepared, just in case. Keep in mind that even if Baton Rouge is not directly hit by the storm, the city -- including LSU's campus -- could potentially lose power, possibly for an extended period of time. All members of the LSU community should consider taking some basic preparatory steps, such as:

-- Have a working flashlight and a supply of batteries to last several days
-- Fill your gas tank, in case gas is difficult to get for a few days
-- Purchase enough bottled water to last at least three days (a gallon per day per person is recommended)
-- Purchase non-perishable food items, and foods that do not need to be heated, enough for several days
-- If buying canned goods, don't forget a hand-operated can opener, or one that does not require electricity
-- Locate and have handy all important documents, including any insurance papers

Please remember that all safety guidelines in LSU's residence halls will still apply, so candles, fire hazards or other items that are not allowed in the residence halls will not be allowed during or after the storm, for everyone's safety.

If students cannot attend classes because of their individual circumstances, they should communicate with their respective faculty members as soon as possible.

Please watch for broadcast email updates as the situation with Tropical Storm Isaac progresses. LSU will also update the homepage, www.lsu.edu, with any updates, as well as LSU's social media accounts.

Be assured that your safety is LSU's top priority. The LSU EOC will do all it can to minimize the effects of the storm on the campus. University officials are already working to ready the campus in case the storm impacts Baton Rouge, and will work around the clock to maintain services during and after the storm. Again, any updates will be posted to LSU's homepage and sent through broadcast email or emergency text message, if necessary.

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